Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)


Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

By Emily Aranda

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is defined as a persistent and intrusive fixation with an imagined or highly exaggerated imperfection in physical appearance. The flaw as perceived by one with BDD causes significant emotional distress and difficulties in day to day functioning. An individual with BDD may avoid social settings that require certain attire such as bathing suits or form fitting clothing. Those with BDD are highly distressed by their perceived imperfection and may suffer from social impairment, such as a desire to be alone in order to hide their bodies from others. Body Dysmorphic Disorder affects men and women indiscriminately, developing most often in adolescents and teens.

The symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder are as follows:

  • Camouflaging – wearing baggy clothing, posing in certain body positions, wearing excessive makeup, etc. in order to hide the perceived body inadequacy
  • Seeking surgery/diet pills
  • Excessive grooming
  • Excessive exercise
  • Frequently checking themselves in the mirror
  • Avoiding catching their reflection in the mirror
  • Changing outfits very often

If you or someone you know may have Body Dysmorphic Disorder, contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, visit



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