Do doctors see a lot of patients with body dysmorphic disorder?

Not a lot. It depends on the intensity. It has been said that in america everyone is disappointed in how they look, but to get the diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder there has to be some distortion of reality. In that case it is fairly rare. Last time i looked it was about 1% of americans.

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Need doctor's help! I have body dysmorphic disorder?

Dysmorphic Disorder. Ask your doctor for a referral to a mental health professional who specializes in treating this difficulty. Best. Read more...

Scared to tell doctor about body dysmorphic disorder. Is there someone else I can talk about this to?

Body image... Body dysmorphic disorder is a type of chronic problem in which you can't stop thinking about a flaw in your appearance- imagined or real. But to you, your appearance seems so shameful that you don't want to be seen by anyone. Of course you should tell your doctor about this! this it can be associated with depression and anxiety. See a good psychologist or psychiatrist! talk therapy helps! Read more...
There is help . If you don't feel comfortable talking to your doctor about this then try to find someone who specializes in this. You can do a google search for people who specialize in body dysmorphic disorder. There are also support groups which are helpful. Realize that you are not alone and there is help out there if you are willing to ask for it. 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...

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...

Do you know how people with body dysmorphic disorder see something that is not accurate in the mirror?

Most if not all. Most people with body dysmorphic disorder to see a distorted view of themselves in the mirror. Sometimes this can border on being psychotic. There are probably some who do not have a visual distortion of themselves in the mirror but maintain a mental self-image distortion. I cannot find any literature that addresses the exact percentages however. Read more...

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...

Can men get body dysmorphic disorder?

Yes. Although this is most common by far in women and girls, boys and men can absolutely have the disorder too. Read more...