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Reverse Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Support, Encourage: If your friend is struggling with signficant problems related to perception of his/her body image, then the best thing you can do is to encourage him/her to seek out help for this difficulty. This may be hard if he/she does not think there is a problem. You need ot look for ways and opportunities to encourage your friend to focus on his/her health and the need for help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Psychiatric Illness: Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychiatric illness in the "somatoform disorder" category. People with this disorder become preoccupied with a real or perceived minor physical defect and go to extensive lengths to hide or change it. They often seek out plastic surgery and are typically unhappy with the results. Worrying about their perceived defect significantly interferes with daily functioning. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Excessive concern: If you are preoccupied with a defect in your appearance (imagined or slight), and this causes impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning, you might be diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder. That is, unless your preoccupation is better explained by another mental disorder. Make an appointment with a mental health professional (e.g., psychiatrist or psychologist). ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relatively low: It depends a bit on where you choose to call something a disorder, since nearly all of us have some body part or other that we dislike perhaps more than is warranted. However, surveys done in community samples suggest that the prevalence is roughly 1%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: There is no single cause or defect in a person who has body dysmorphic disorder; research shows that a number of factors may be involved and that they can occur in combination. Bdd can be associated with eating disorders, such as compulsive overeating, anorexia nervosa or bulimia, or it can be more of a phobia, associated instead with social phobia or social anxiety disorder. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Body Dysmorphic D/O: People w/body dysmorphic d/o are preoccupied with what they see as a flaw in their appearance. The flaw is minor or imagined, but the person feels it's shameful & ugly. There are frequent examinations of self in mirror or avoidance of mirrors altogether; comparing appearance with that of others; belief that others view them negatively; frequent cosmetic procedures w/little satisfaction, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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