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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) struggle to control their negative thoughts regarding their physical appearance. These thoughts may cause severe emotional distress and may begin to interfere with daily functioning. This may result in issues relative to work or school and social problems with family and friends. Those affected may undergo unnecessary plastic surgeries to correct perceived imperfections.

People who suffer with BDD present compulsive or repetitive behaviors and will, most likely, attempt to hide what they believe are flaws.

  • Camouflaging (with body position, clothing, makeup, hair)
  • Compulsive use of mirrors
  • Compulsive avoidance of mirrors
  • Skin picking
  • Excessive grooming
  • Excessive exercise
  • Excessively changing clothing

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