A 38-year-old member asked:
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is body dysmorphia genetic?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Good question.: Certain inherited conditions may predispose to body dysmorphism, but inheriting them doesn't ascertain the inheritance of that particular symptom. Body dysmorphism is a symptom rather than a sign of a disease.
Answered on Oct 8, 2011
Dr. Mohammed Younus
30 years experience Psychiatry
No simple answer: There is no simple gene transmission in this disorder it's rather multifactorial. But some personality traits are inherited that predispose a person to it. There usually is a family history of somatoform disorder like hypochondriasis or OCD like illness or one or other anxiety disorder. Environment and family expectations play role too.
Answered on Jan 12, 2015

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
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See a counselor: I would suggest having a formal evaluation with someone who has some experience with body dysmorphia, most psychiatrists should be a good choice
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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
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Psychopthrapy: First line treatment is psychotherapy. medication may be a useful adjunct.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Consider cognitive: Behavioral therapy to address your distorted views about your body. Take care.
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Dr. Austina Cho
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See a therapist!: You should see a therapist asap. Love yourself for who you are, b/c you are wonderful, vibrant ; beautiful no matter what you look like. People have s ... Read More

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