Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) | Aster Springs

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a condition where an individual obsesses over their appearance and perceived flaws. They perceive small flaws as major imperfections in their mind, or they imagine flaws that don’t exist at all. Other people fail to see the things they point out about their body, and they don’t understand why someone may feel shame or distress when they look at themselves in the mirror. Another term for it is dysmorphophobia or fear of being deformed.

Signs and Symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Some common signs and symptoms of BDD include:
For example, someone who seems obsessed with their nose, hair, skin, freckles, acne, moles, or blemishes could be suffering from body dysmorphia. Likewise, people who seem too focused on their baldness, breast size, physique, or genitalia sometimes have the disorder as well.

Health Consequences of BDD

All this obsession can come at a hefty price, such as losing friends, missing out on opportunities, and losing focus on what truly matters. Many people with BDD are suicidal and may also from suffer mental health disorders like anxiety or depression. Still, others go through excessive plastic surgeries, weight fluctuations, or other harmful changes. Other types of eating disorders may accompany BDD.
If you’d like to learn more about body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) treatment program or our other treatment offerings, the compassionate team at Aster Springs is here to help. Call us at (804) 415-7603 or complete our contact form.