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Why is it hard to diagnose body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)?

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Most experts agree that many cases of BDD go unrecognized. People with the disorder often are embarrassed or reluctant to tell their doctors about their concerns. As a result, the disorder can go unnoticed for years or never be diagnosed. One red flag to doctors is when patients repeatedly seek plastic surgery for "defects" in one or more parts of their body.

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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