Body Dysmorphia

“The term Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) describes a disabling preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in appearance. It can affect both men and women, and makes sufferers excessively self-conscious. They tend to check their appearance repeatedly and try to camouflage or alter the defects they see, often undergoing needless cosmetic treatments. Onlookers are frequently perplexed because they can see nothing out of the ordinary, but BDD causes devastating distress and interferes substantially with the ability to function socially.”

I suspect that a lot of people suffer from Body Dysmorphia, even if it is not severe enough to be labelled a disorder. For sure I do not see myself as others do. Then again, who perceives themselves in a completely objective manner?

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