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What are the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Distorted reality

Those who suffer this disorder are convinced that specific areas of their body are deformed or ugly and everyone else can see it as well.
The disorder may start small, lead to some form of correction only to have the belief persist. Reasoning doesn't help. Isolation, depression and self destructive thoughts grow. The belief can reach delusional proportions or get suicidal. Seek help right away.

In brief: Distorted reality

Those who suffer this disorder are convinced that specific areas of their body are deformed or ugly and everyone else can see it as well.
The disorder may start small, lead to some form of correction only to have the belief persist. Reasoning doesn't help. Isolation, depression and self destructive thoughts grow. The belief can reach delusional proportions or get suicidal. Seek help right away.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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