What are warning signs of BDD?
- Constantly checking yourself in the mirror.
- Avoiding mirrors.
- Trying to hide your body part under a hat, scarf, or makeup.
- Constantly exercising or grooming.
- Constantly comparing yourself with others.
- Always asking other people whether you look OK.
How is BDD diagnosed? Diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder is typically based on: A psychological evaluation that assesses risk factors and thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to negative self-image. Personal, social, family and medical history. Signs and symptoms.
What triggers BDD? Certain factors seem to increase the risk of developing or triggering body dysmorphic disorder, including: Having blood relatives with body dysmorphic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Negative life experiences, such as childhood teasing, neglect or abuse. Certain personality traits, such as perfectionism.
Can you have mild BDD? People with milder BDD may describe the disliked areas as looking “unattractive,” whereas those with more severe BDD may say they look “hideous” or like a monster. The most commonly disliked body parts for those with BDD are: Skin (usually facial skin — for example, perceived scarring, blemishes, or color)