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Do a lot of people nowadays have body dysmorphic disorder because of the media?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Probably not: It is probably not due to the media, although it plays a part in the rise of some symptoms. Body dysmorphic disorder is more complex than a simple too much media coverage explanation. Our society is in general too focused on looks ; not the internal make up of people. The media has made this worse, but family dynamics, child rearing ; other factors play a part in why someone becomes dysmorphic.

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