Body dysmorphic disorder


A disorder resulting in preoccupation of a patient with what they regard as defects in their bodies or faces.

2% of people suffer from body dysmorphic disorder in the United States.

15% of patients seeing a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeons have the disorder.

Half of the patients with the disorder who undergo cosmetic surgery are displeased with the results.

BDD can lead to depression and suicide in some of its sufferers.

Risk factors include: low self-esteem, negative childhood experiences, family history, anxiety, depression, and presence of aesthetic social pressures.

Recognized in individuals with frequent prior cosmetic procedures with little satisfaction, excessive grooming, reluctance to undergo photographs, and comparisons of appearance to others.

Patients may have unrealistic goals.

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