BDD or Body Dysmorphia is a mental health disorder that focuses on a perceived flaw in the body or appearance. It is a common illness with a documented 200,000 cases per year in the US. The condition may be minor or significant with an obsessive focus on change either through surgery, excessive exercise, pills, and supplements. Clients suffering from body dysmorphia may constantly look at themselves in the mirror, compare their appearance to others and either take excess photos or avoid photos all together.
Summary of Body Dysmorphia:
- Requires a medical consultation and diagnosis
- Isn’t considered curable but can be treated with therapy and or medication
- cannot be seen in lab tests or imaging screens
- Is regarded as chronic and can last for a lifetime
The most common ages that suffer from BDD are 14-60 years old, and both men and women can suffer from this disorder.