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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

What Is the Outlook for People With Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

The outlook is promising for people with BDD who receive and follow treatment. In addition, those with a strong support team tend to do better in the long run.

Can Body Dysmorphic Disorder Be Prevented?

There is no known way to prevent BDD. However, it might be helpful to begin treatment in people as soon as they begin to have symptoms. Teaching and encouraging healthy and realistic attitudes about body image also might help prevent the development or worsening of BDD. Finally, providing the person with an understanding and supporting environment might help decrease the severity of the symptoms and help him or her better cope with the disorder.

 

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on May 31, 2014

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