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what worsens symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
38 years experience Psychiatry
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.
Answered on Nov 21, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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
Answered on Jul 20, 2020

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