When most of us look in the mirror, we find something that we don’t like—whether that’s an unsightly scar, teeth that aren’t straight enough, or maybe a nose you’re not too fond of. While we all have imperfections that can bother us from time to time, imagine that being all you can think of or see every time you look in the mirror. This is a reality for those living with body dysmorphic disorder. Here’s what you should know.
What is BDD?
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a body-image disorder that is characterized by an intrusive fixation on their appearance, especially when it comes to a slight or imagined defect. For this person, this feeling can be all-consuming, leading to emotional distress that can cause other issues in their day-to-day life.
While people who have BDD can dislike any part of their body that affects their appearance, it’s common for them to focus on their:
Signs & Symptoms
People who have BDD suffer from obsessions with their physical appearance that are difficult to control, lasting for hours at a time. This intense focus on perceived imperfections can lead to the development of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.
Comparing body parts and features to others’ appearances
Camouflaging or hiding features i.e., posture, clothing, makeup, hats, etc.
Looking into appearance-altering surgery
Constantly checking their appearance in the mirror
Changing clothes frequently
Avoiding mirrors completely
Excessive grooming activities
Avoiding social situations
Seeking Help at Tapestry
At Tapestry, our treatment programs are dedicated to understanding our clients as whole people with varied life experiences. Whether you have questions about mental health or how to support a loved one struggling with their mental health, we are here for you. Contact us today by filling out a confidential form or give us a call at (828) 490-4032.