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Disorder-Body Dysmorphic Disorder

A condition that paralyzes and suffers with shame ,embarrassment and digust.

BDD is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as “a preoccupation in some imagined defect in personal appearance, or an excessive concern with a minor physical irregularity. The preoccupation causes significant distress or impairment.” And it doesn’t matter whether the perceived defect is real or imagined. Either is possible with BDD. Whether it is the texture or color of one’s skin, the texture or color of one’s hair, the shape or length of one’s nose, the shape or color of one’s eyes, or even a complaint about one’s stomach, thighs, or buttocks, the distress from BDD can be so severe that early three-quarters of people with the condition feel like dying and nearly one-quarter actually try to kill themselves.


Serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs are antidepressants that decrease the obsessive and compulsive behaviors.

cognitive behavioral therapy This is a type of therapy with several steps:

  1. The therapist asks the patient to enter social situations without covering up her "defect."
  2. The therapist helps the patient stop doing the compulsive behaviors to check the defect or cover it up. This may include removing mirrors, covering skin areas that the patient picks, or not using make-up.
  3. The therapist helps the sufferer change false beliefs about appearance.

In DSM V ,BDD is classified as a separate disorder in the somatoform section. There are no symptoms of BDD in DSM V.

Yes , Michael Jackson has BDD .

"Michael Jackson suffered from an illness known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a condition that often paralyzes its sufferers with shame, embarrassment, and even disgust. So much so that more than 75% of those with BDD seek out either plastic surgery or dermatological treatments in order to change their appearance."

Two changes were made to DSM-IV Criterion A to Schizophrenia. The first change is the elimination of the special attribution of bizarre delusions and Schneiderian first rank auditory hallucinations.

In DSM IV , only one such symptom was needed to meet the diagnostic requirement for Criterion A instead of the two other symptoms listed.

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