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A 31-year-old male asked:

What worsens symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Anxiety: In general bdd is an adaptation to anxiety, a a very distressing adaptation. In consequence, situations that will normally increase anxiety (uncertainty about oneself, one's performance, future, etc.) will tend to increase the symptoms. Though bdd is tough to treat directly, measures that improve well-being and sense of self in general can greatly attenuate the symptoms.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Body dysmorphia: Anxiety, depression or an enabler who bolsters your disorted self perceptions. 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. Psychological evaluation can determine if you have this condition. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a good choice for tx

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Distorted reality: Those who suffer this disorder are convinced that specific areas of their body are deformed or ugly and everyone else can see it as well. The disorder may start small, lead to some form of correction only to have the belief persist. Reasoning doesn't help. Isolation, depression and self destructive thoughts grow. The belief can reach delusional proportions or get suicidal. Seek help right away.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are signs and symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

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Dr. Jonathan Nehrer
Child Psychiatry 36 years experience
Check this website: Please check the website for the american psychiatric association <www.Psych.Org> and once there search for body dysmorphic disorder.
A 23-year-old member asked:

Are the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder bad?

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Dr. Arman Danielyan
Child Psychiatry 29 years experience
Yes: Yes, they can be very disstressfull and often lead to depression if untreated.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What exactly is body dysmorphic disorder and what are the symptoms?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
BDD: Bdd is defined in the dsm-iv-tr as a somatoform disorder whereby the affected person is very concerned with body image; there is great concern about a physical defect. However, others find little or nothing wrong. Affected person is greatly distressed, goes to great lengths to try to fix problem or socially isolates. Some see selves as 'monsters' leading to depression, anxiety, self-contempt.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the early symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
For starters:: Preoccupation with your physical appearance. Strong belief that you have an abnormality or defect in your appearance that makes you ugly. Frequent examination of yourself in the mirror or, conversely, avoidance of mirrors altogether. Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way. The need to seek reassurance about your appearance from others.

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