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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

What Complications Are Associated With Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

In cases of BDD, social isolation can occur if the person becomes too self-conscious to go out in public. This also can have a negative impact on school or work. People with BDD also are at high risk for developing major depression, and the distress associated with the disorder puts people with BDD at high risk for suicide. Further, people with this disorder might undergo many surgical procedures in an attempt to correct their perceived defect.

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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