Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is the clinical term for an acute form of psychological distress. It is considered a type of mental illness when it impairs an individual’s ability to function reasonably well in social contexts.
According to Wikipedia, in BDD
the afflicted individual is concerned with body image, manifested as excessive concern about and preoccupation with a perceived defect of their physical appearance. An individual with BDD has perpetual negative thoughts about their appearance; in the majority of cases, an individual suffering from BDD is obsessed with a minor or imagined flaw. Afflicted individuals think they have a defect in either one or several features of their body, which causes psychological and clinically significant distress or impairs occupational or social functioning. BDD often co-occurs with depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, and social isolation.
By no means is it true that one has BDD simply when dissatisfied with the appearance of…
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