Body Dysmorphic Disorder Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

The severity of Body Dysmorphic Disorder can range from mild to severe, depending on how much the disturbance interferes with the person’s normal functioning. Some of the signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder are:

  • Extreme preoccupation with one or more body parts
  • Belief that one or more of one’s body parts are deformed, defective or offensive, even though they are normal
  • (If an actual flaw exists) Much greater preoccupation in the defect than would normally be warranted
  • Preoccupation with the perceived bodily defect interferes with the person’s social functioning
  • Extreme feelings of self-consciousness due to the perceived bodily defect
  • Strong desire to change the perceived body defect
  • Taking steps or measures to try to change certain body parts or body aspects
  • Tendency to view body parts as ugly or offensive even though family and friends have told the person that they looked normal, or even attractive

Could You Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

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