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What are the warning signs of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)?

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  • Repetitive and time-consuming behaviors, such as looking in a mirror, picking at the skin, and trying to cover up the body part they worry about
  • Constantly asking for reassurance that the "defect" is not visible or too obvious
  • Measuring or touching the area a lot
  • Problems at work or school, or in relationships because they can't stop focusing on their body
  • Feeling self-conscious and not wanting to go out in public, or feeling anxious around other people
  • Repeatedly going to medical specialists, such as plastic surgeons or dermatologists, to find ways to improve their looks

From: Body Dysmorphic Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Body dysmorphic disorder."

The Merck Manual: "Somatoform Disorders in Children."

OCD Center of Los Angeles: "Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) - Symptoms and Treatment."

Center for Family Therapy: "Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Body dysmorphic disorder."

The Merck Manual: "Somatoform Disorders in Children."

OCD Center of Los Angeles: "Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) - Symptoms and Treatment."

Center for Family Therapy: "Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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