What is it?
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health condition that affects nearly 5 million people in the United States. It’s characterized by obsessive thinking (more than an hour a day) about an imagined or slight flaw in your appearance. This fixation is so intense that it eventually leads to problems functioning at home, work, or school.
BDD may manifest itself in repetitive behaviors like constantly checking the mirror, seeking reassurance from others, and picking at your skin. Those who suffer from the disease may also avoid social situations, become obsessed with cosmetic surgery, or wear hats, scarves, and makeup to camouflage perceived flaws.
Do I have it?
Take the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Self-Test to see if you should seek help from a psychologist or physician.
Where can I learn more?
Find out more about Body Dysmorphic Disorder from the International OCD Foundation