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A 32-year-old member asked:

Do you know how people with body dysmorphic disorder see something that is not accurate in the mirror?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Most if not all: Most people with body dysmorphic disorder to see a distorted view of themselves in the mirror. Sometimes this can border on being psychotic. There are probably some who do not have a visual distortion of themselves in the mirror but maintain a mental self-image distortion. I cannot find any literature that addresses the exact percentages however.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Body dysmorphia: Individuals have a distorted view of themself that does not fit with reality. Psychological evaluation can determine if you have this condition. Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder in which one becomes extremely focused on perceived body/ facial defects that don't actually exist. It can damage self esteem and quality of life. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a good choice for tx

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can a person have body dysmorphic disorder and see things that are not there?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Maybe, but specific: Not sure i understand the question. People with bdd definitely see parts of themselves in a distorted fashion that does not gibe with what others perceive. However, they do not hallucinate, that is hear voices or see ojects that others can't see.
A 47-year-old member asked:

I need help! How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
If you suspect you: have body dysmorphic disorder please see a mental health professional for a proper diagnosis. After that he/she can treat you. Peace and good health. Your doc may have referrals.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder or am I just fat?

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Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescheranswered
Psychiatry 49 years experience
Weight tables: You can compare yourself to insurance weight tables. http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/met.htm do note that it has more recently been shown that a weight that is 10% over the insurance weight tables is more healthy as you have some reserves in case of serious illness that interrupts nutrition. If in doubt, see your physician who can do a better assessment.
Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescher commented
Psychiatry 49 years experience
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A better assessment is http://www.halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm, but this also underestimates "best weight" somewhat.
Mar 26, 2012
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how to know if you have bdd (body dysmorphic disorder)?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
BDD...: ...Is basically a disorder of believing that your body is deformed when it actually isn't. If you think there is something seriously wrong with the way you look, and no one else seems to notice, then bdd is a possibility.

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