Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD, also known as Dysmorphophobia)
You can’t stop thinking about a flaw with your appearance — a flaw that is either minor or imagined.
But to you, your appearance seems so shameful that you don’t want to be seen by anyone.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder has been called imagined ugliness.
Manifested as excessive concern about and preoccupation with a perceived defect of their physical features.
BDD is linked to a diminished quality of life. Features a suicidal ideation rate of 80%.
A study found the completed-suicide rate in patients with BDD to be 45 times higher than that of the general United States population.
This rate is more than double that of those with Clinical Depression and three times as high as that of those with Bipolar Disorder.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is diagnosed in those who are extremely critical of their mirror image, physique or self-image, even though there may be no noticeable disfigurement or defect.
BDD causes sufferers to believe that they are so unspeakably hideous that they are unable to interact with others or function normally for fear of ridicule and humiliation about their appearance. This can cause those with this disorder to begin to seclude themselves or have trouble in social situations.
More extreme cases may cause a person to develop love-shyness, a chronic avoidance of all intimate relationships.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is often misunderstood as a vanity-driven obsession, whereas it is quite the opposite.
People with BDD do not believe themselves to be better looking than others, but instead feel that their perceived defect is irrevocably ugly or not good enough. People with BDD may compulsively look at themselves in the mirror or, conversely, cover up and avoid mirrors.
Chronic low self-esteem is characteristic of those with BDD, because the assessment of self-value is so closely linked with the perception of one’s appearance.
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