Essay On Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a psychological disorder revolving around body-image and self-perception. Body dysmorphic disorder is also known as a somatoform disorder. People with body dysmorphic disorder are preoccupied with an imagined or slight defect in their appearance. Even if to others the defect is minor or nonexistent, people with body dysmorphic disorder can spend hours thinking about their perceived flaw or flaws. The thoughts they have can cause them severe emotional distress, and they can interfere with the person’s daily life. Someone with body dysmorphic disorder can find fault in any part of their body, but some of the most common faults found, are their hair, skin, nose, chest, or stomach. Since the person is so caught …show more content…

Someone with body dysmorphic disorder will spend several hours thinking about their perceived flaw or flaws in appearance. They are obsessive over the way they look. Some symptoms are excessive grooming and or exercise. Someone who is obsessed with their skin may be engaged in skin picking. Many, although not all people with body dysmorphic disorder may seek plastic surgery. Many of the people with body dysmorphic disorder who have had plastic surgery, were still not satisfied with their appearance afterwards. Many of the symptoms people with body dysmorphic disorder have, are under one theme, called camouflaging. This is when the person is trying to make themselves look better or make some of their features more or less prominent. They can do this using make-up, hats, hairstyles, clothing, or even body positions. Also, people with body dysmorphic disorder are constantly comparing themselves to the way others look. Sometimes they look in the mirror hoping to look acceptable, but afterwards they feel even worse about their appearance. Therefore, in public they may avoid mirrors so that they do not have to deal with this feeling. While at home they may be constantly in front of the mirror trying to make themselves look more

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