What is body dysmorphic disorder?
Many people who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder become so concerned with one aspect of their appearance that it becomes difficult to engage in activities, such as going outside, going to work, or engaging in normal social functions. Thoughts on their perceived flaw(s) become all consuming.
Body dysmorphic disorder affects one in fifty people. It typically starts in the teenage years or early twenties.
Body dysmorphic disorder can lead to other psychiatric problems, such as depression. It also can co-exist with disorders such as OCD, anxiety disorders, trichotillomania and eating disorders.
Because many of those afflicted with body dysmorphic disorder feel ashamed, or do not recognize that they need help, it can be difficult to diagnose. Fortunately, treatment can help return those suffering from body dysmorphic disorder to a normal life. If you think you or someone you know may be suffering fron body dysmorphic disorder, you can learn more on our treatment of body dysmorphic disorder treatment page.
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