Body Dysmorphic Disorder Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Body Dysmorphia Diagnosis, Bdd Diagnosis, Dysmorphic Syndrome Diagnosis, Somatoform Disorder Diagnosis, Dysmorphophobia Diagnosis, Body Dismorphia Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Body Dysmorphic Disorder Diagnosed?

In order to diagnose the person with a Body Dysmorphic Disorder, it is important to first rule out other explanations for the disturbance. If the symptoms can be better explained by an eating disorder, a gender identity disorder, a social phobia, major depressive episode, some personality disorders or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder—then Body Dysmorphic Disorder is not diagnosed. Although, most of these diagnoses do not involve extreme preoccupation with a perceived or imagined body defect.4

To be positively diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, the person must meet the following factors:

  • Preoccupation with some imagined defect in appearance. If a slight physical anomaly is present, the person’s concern is markedly excessive.
  • The preoccupation causes a great degree of distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
  • The preoccupation is not better accounted for by another mental disorder.

Could You Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Bulimia Nervosa – Eating Disorder, Binge Eating, Purging, Fasting, Over Exercising
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Uncontrolled Fears, Irrational Worry, Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Obsessive Behavior, Compulsivity, Perfectionist, Anxiety
Social Anxiety Disorder – Chronic Fear of Being Judged, Social Phobia, Anxiety Disorder