Can you have body dysmorphic disorder, without wanting to have plastic surgery?

Yes. There are plenty of people who look in the mirror and see themselves as fat when they are medically underweight and malnourished. This is just one type of patient with body dysmorphic disorder. These people don't necessarily want plastic surgery.
Yes. Like any body image ( or psychiatric) is disorder, there are a wide variety of presentations. It is quite conceivable that a person can have a irrationally negative view about a body part(s) but not wish surgical intervention. Consultation with psychiatrists well-versed in treatment of these disorders can be very helpful. Best wishes.
Absolutely. Yes, you can have body dysmorphic disorder without wanting to have plastic surgery. One is not dependent on the other.
Of course. Dissatisfaction with one's body occurs at many levels and at many intensities. Consult your doctor for advice as to approaches to this problem. You don't need repetitive surgeries to fulfill the diagnostic criterion.

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Can someone have body dysmorphic disorder without the desire to get a lot of plastic surgery?

Yes. Bdd can be associated with the desire for plastic surgery--of even more radical surgery intended to get rid of the offending body part. However, many simply feel "stuck" with what they perceive to be a disgusting or "ugly" feature and believes that explains various failures in life. Read more...
Certainly. Yes. Bdd is essentially the excessive concern over what is percieved to be a relatively minor condition to the point of interfering with your daily functions. It does not necessarily mean that you will seek cosmetic surgery although estimates of anywhere from 15-60% of patients undergoing cosmetic surgery have been reported to have some degree of bdd. Read more...
Yes . Body dysmorphic disorder like most “disorders” can present in a variety of forms. This diagnosis does not necessarily come with a “desire to get a lot of plastic surgery”. If you are concerned, best to seek mental health professional consultations with specialists in this field. Best wishes. Read more...

Should cosmetic plastic surgeons be required to evaluate patients for body-dysmorphic disorder before operating?

Yes they should. However not all surgeons consult with psychologists before plastic surgery. I have been asked to evaluate patients a few times for plastic surgery and for bipass surgery. It makes sense to be more cautious about the psychological impact of these type of surgery. Read more...

How to know if you have body dysmorphic disorder, and if you do have it, how to get rid of it?

Distortion. Body dysmorphic disorder is basically a disorder associated with a distortion in how you view your body, or a part of your body. Generally you become preoccupied with some perceived flaw... It is hard to think about anything else, and your perception of the flaw is more extreme than other people's views. Cognitive therapy can be really helpful. Sometimes medications may be added. Read more...

How often do you have body dysmorphic disorder and depression at the same time?

Almost always. Body dymorphic disorder is relentless and disabling and depression is almost inevitable, in fact i would say it's always there. Depression may take different forms but it's there. Anxious depression, moribund depression (there is almost no activity or leaving the bed or home for long periods of time), or a more hectic racing around to multiple physicians kind of frantic depression. Severity varies. Read more...
Most likely often. If u have that u need to see u physician for med management and to refer u to a therapist. Read more...

How do you know if you have body dysmorphic disorder?

Get good help. If you are having sx making you suspicious you should get an evaluation with an psychiatrist experienced with body dysmorphic disorder. Read more...

About how many young people have body dysmorphic disorder?

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 more...
As High As 1-2% Bdd is characterized by a preoccupation with an imagined or trivial defect in appearance that causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. Bdd is believed to affect 1-2% of the general population and affects as many as 6-14% of those in mental health settings presenting with an anxiety or depressive disorder. Read more...

Do a lot of people nowadays have body dysmorphic disorder because of the media?

Probably not. It is probably not due to the media, although it plays a part in the rise of some symptoms. Body dysmorphic disorder is more complex than a simple too much media coverage explanation. Our society is in general too focused on looks ; not the internal make up of people. The media has made this worse, but family dynamics, child rearing ; other factors play a part in why someone becomes dysmorphic. Read more...