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Is it possible to have body dysmorphic disorder and be actually ugly?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
29 years experience in Clinical Psychology
Eye of the beholder: To be diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder one must be preoccupied with an imagined defect in appearance. If a slight physical anomaly is present, the person's concern is markedly excessive. And, the preoccupation causes significant distress or impairment in important areas of functioning.
Answered on Feb 17, 2014

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