What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder/Body Dysmorphia (BDD)?
Body dysmorphia or body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health condition characterized by an obsession with how you look. More specifically, it is about a perceived flaw in your appearance. This perceived flaw causes great distress. People with BDD can become so obsessed with their perceived flaws that other areas of their lives are affected.
The perceived flaw in one’s appearance could be minor. It might be barely noticeable by other people. For the person suffering, it is magnified and becomes a part of their everyday life. Body dysmorphia disrupts normal life by affecting their view of themselves.
Their self-perception might lead them to withdraw socially. They might miss important dates and appointments. More severe symptoms of BDD include substance use and suicidal thoughts.
The perceived flaw can cause a person with BDD to feel stressed, anxious, and depressed. It can impact their ability to function in day to day life. BDD is especially disruptive when it happens alongside addiction.
The journal Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience reports that five to ten million Americans suffer from BDD. BDD is more common than anorexia nervosa (AN). Anorexia affects just over 3 million Americans, or 1% of the population, according to Medscape.
The cause of BDD is generally unknown. However, several common risk factors play a role. These are psychological, biological, and environmental factors. According to a report in Psychiatry Annals, potential causes of BDD include:
Traumatic experiences in childhood strongly relate to BDD. If you were abused or made to feel unworthy as a child, then the report claims you are more likely to develop BDD.
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