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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a mental health disorder in which you can't stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can't be seen by others.

Signs and Symptoms

Preoccupation with physical appearance, strong belief that you have a defect in your appearance that makes you ugly or deformed, frequent examination of yourself in the mirror or avoidance of mirrors altogether.

Sample Scenario

Emily is excessively concerned about a minor flaw in her nose that others can barely notice. She spends hours checking her appearance and avoids social situations for fear of judgment.

Treatment Options

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and group therapy.

Why choose the treatment?

These treatments can reduce the distress associated with perceived appearance flaws and improve daily functioning.