Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder

What is BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder)?

A mental health condition that usually starts in your teenage years and affects both men and women, BDD is a condition that causes people to be obsessed about perceived flaws in their appearance, focusing on specific areas rather than the whole body.  They will see faults and defects that often don’t exist or are minor and believe that they are unattractive or ugly.  BDD is a long term disorder and it can have a negative affect on their school, work or social life causing them anxiety in social situations.


There is no known single cause for developing body dysmorphic disorder, but there are several things believed to be factors in its development. 

It’s believed that problems with certain areas of the brain that process information regarding how we perceive our appearance can affect this, as can abnormal serotonin levels.


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