Body Dysmorphic Disorder Definitions and Symptoms

In body dysmorphic disorder, individuals covered by the shadow of the deficiencies in their physical appearance, usually on the face, such as wrinkles, excessive facial hair, or the shape and size of the nose. Women tend to also focus on the skin, waist, chest, and legs, while men are more likely to have confidence that they are short, or they have too much hair on his body (Perugi in Davidson, Neale, Kring, 2004).

Some individuals who have this disorder compulsively would spend hours each day to pay attention to shortcomings with the mirror. There are also avoiding the mirror so as not to be reminded of their shortcomings, or camouflage their shortcomings, for example, wearing a very loose (Albertini & Philips daam Davidson, Neale, Kring, 2004).

Some even shut himself in the house to avoid others seeing shortages imagined. It is very annoying and can sometimes lead to suicide; frequent consultation with a plastic surgeon and a few individuals who experienced this even in his own surgery. Unfortunately, plastic surgery do little to dispel their fears (Veale in Davidson, Neale, Kring, 2004). Body dysmorphic disorder appears mostly in women, usually begins in late adolescence, and is usually associated with depression, social phobia, personality disorder (Phillips & McElroy, 2000; Veale et al., 1996 in Davidson, Neale, Kring, 2004). Social and cultural factors play an important role in how a person feels if he is attractive or not, as in eating disorders.