What is it?
This disorder has also been nicknamed ‘Imagined Ugliness Syndrome’ as sufferers of the condition have an irrational preoccupation with a perceived body defect, either present in themselves or in others; the latter being dysmorphophobia by proxy.
BDD sufferers cannot accept that their fears of their perceived body defect are out of all proportion, and frequently seek plastic surgery or other measures in an attempt to rectify the perceived problem.
DIY self diagnosis
If you can answer YES to most of the questions it is likely that you are affected by BDD.
Over the past 6 months:
- Have you felt disgusted by a particular aspect of your body?
- Did you feel that a part of your body is abnormal?
- Did you spend a lot of time examining/scrutinising your appearance?
- Did you avoid looking at yourself in mirrors, windows etc.?
- Did you feel that other people are looking at your appearance or are disgusted by it?
Anxiety UK strongly advises that people seek further information and guidance from their GP who will be able to make a formal diagnosis.