A 43-year-old member asked:
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do i have body dysmorphic disorder or just fat?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Body dysmorphic: Disorder is a very subjective experience. You perceive a part of your anatomy as ugly or unacceptable but others do not. Being clearly overweight is more objective. You can see it on the scale, not just your opinion. Please see a mental health professional to help you further with this question. Peace and good health.
Answered on Sep 26, 2017
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
I don't know: 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.
Answered on Jul 19, 2020

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