Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a body-image disorder with persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance. Those struggling with BDD dislike area(s) of their body. In reality, the alleged defect may be a minor imperfection or even nonexistent. For the person with BDD, the flaw is significant and projecting, often causing severe emotional distress and difficulties in daily functioning (

Those with BDD may engage in compulsive behaviors that appear to be similar to OCD compulsions such as frequently checking in the mirror for imperfections, asking reassurance about how one looks, and excessively doing make-up or grooming oneself.


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Videos: Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum discusses a psychiatric or psychological disorder known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). This disorder is always based on appearance. Learn more about the definition of the disorder.

Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum discusses treatments for those suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as medication therapy.

Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum discusses the dangers and warning signs of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). BDD is a dangerous disorder, and any sort of danger should be addressed. Depression is common among those who suffer from BDD. Often times, depression it the most important thing to address first. Suicidal thoughts or hopeless thoughts are also associated with BDD and should be addressed.

Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum discusses when to determine body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) as a serious problem. BDD becomes a serious problem when a sufferer's behavior causes an inability to function. This includes time spent looking at a mirror or inability to engage in activities such as going to school or going to work.

Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum discusses the importance of using resources if you have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and if you feel unsafe. Calling 911, going to the emergency room, and/or calling your physician are the most appropriate resources to use when you feel unsafe.

Chris Trondsen talks about his experiencing living with BDD, stigma, social media, and shares a message of hope.

Chris Trondsen shares his personal experience living with OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Hope and Help are available.