A 19-year-old male asked:
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what if a truly ugly person is abnormally obsessed with scarring on face. he suffers sad due to this, covers face, visits dermatolist.is this bdd?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Beauty comes from: within. However, facial scaring can harm self esteem. If it is really bad, plastic surgery is an option; however, before considering it, a psychological evaluation &/or psychotherapy to prepare for surgery would be needed. With BDD, the person's body tends to be "norma;" not "ugly" according to most people's standards.
Answered on Jul 1, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
It there is: significant scarring and the person's reaction is appropriate in relationship to skin - that is probably not body dysmorphic disorder. I see that you are on Accutane which means that you likely have fairly serious acne. If this is causing you to suffer - consider seeing a therapist to help you learn to love yourself. Loving ourselves - flaws & all - can take practice but is worth it. God Bless.
Answered on Jul 3, 2014
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