Body dysmorphic disorder can also be known as body dysmorphia, and is a mental health condition that causes someone to spend copious amounts of time worrying about their appearance, and more specifically, their flaws. While it’s often said that no one is perfect, some people suffering from BDD can become incredibly unwell, and often these flaws that are focused on are unnoticeable to the people around them. The people most affected by BDD are teenagers and young adults of both genders, yet it can impact others too.
What are the symptoms?
Someone suffering with BDD will often feel anxiety over a specific area of their body, such as their face. This can mean the person will become very focused on comparing themselves to others, or perhaps critiquing themselves in mirrors, or even going to lengths to avoid mirrors. The person can often take extra steps to hide these flaws, such as wearing makeup, spending a long time on perfecting their hair, wearing clothes that hide or flatter the flaw, and trying to improve their skin to be as smooth as possible.
What happens to people with BDD?
BDD can seriously affect people, and even lead to other mental health problems such as depression, self-harm, and in the worst-case scenario, suicidal thoughts. It’s important to seek help for mental health problems, at your earliest opportunity. Visiting the doctor is always a good starting place, and although it can be difficult to build up the courage to go, it’s worth remembering that this isn’t something you should be embarrassed about and that the doctor is there to support you.
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