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Is body dysmorphia genetic?

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Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry

In brief: No simple answer

There is no simple gene transmission in this disorder it's rather multifactorial.
But some personality traits are inherited that predispose a person to it. There usually is a family history of somatoform disorder like hypochondriasis or OCD like illness or one or other anxiety disorder. Environment and family expectations play role too.

In brief: No simple answer

There is no simple gene transmission in this disorder it's rather multifactorial.
But some personality traits are inherited that predispose a person to it. There usually is a family history of somatoform disorder like hypochondriasis or OCD like illness or one or other anxiety disorder. Environment and family expectations play role too.
Dr. Mohammed Younus
Dr. Mohammed Younus
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics

In brief: Good question.

Certain inherited conditions may predispose to body dysmorphism, but inheriting them doesn't ascertain the inheritance of that particular symptom. Body dysmorphism is a symptom rather than a sign of a disease.

In brief: Good question.

Certain inherited conditions may predispose to body dysmorphism, but inheriting them doesn't ascertain the inheritance of that particular symptom. Body dysmorphism is a symptom rather than a sign of a disease.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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