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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) (Somatoform Disorder) (Dysmorphia) (Body Image Obsession) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) aka somatoform disorder, dysmorphia, and body image obsession, is a psychiatric disorder characterized by excessive preoccupation with imagined defects in physical appearance. People with body dysmorphic disorder are obsessed by the idea that some part of their body - hair, nose, skin, hips, whatever - is ugly or deformed, when in truth it looks normal. BDD may focus on moles, freckles, acne, minor scars, facial or body hair, or the size and shape of their breasts or genitalia. People with BDD may spend an excess of time looking in the mirror, be forever fixing their hair, or wear heavy makeup or sunglasses inside as a form of camouflage.



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