Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD is sometimes referred to as body dysmorphia or dysmorphic syndrome) is a psychological disorder in which the affected person is excessively concerned about and preoccupied by a perceived defect in his or her physical features or body image. The sufferer may complain of several specific features or a single feature, or a vague feature or general appearance, causing psychological distress that impairs occupational and/or social functioning, sometimes to the point of severe depression and anxiety, development of other anxiety disorders, social withdrawal or complete social isolation, and more. It is estimated that 1–2% of the world’s population meet all the diagnostic criteria for BDD.