body dysmorphic disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder (or BDD) is a condition that causes a person to have a distorted view of their appearance. Considered an anxiety disorder, BDD makes individuals believe that something about the way they look is abnormal or ugly, even when it isn't.
Someone with body dysmorphic disorder may spend a lot of time looking at themselves in the mirror analysing their appearance, or alternatively they may avoid mirrors altogether. They may also feel the need to alter their appearance, which can lead to excessive make-up or even a desire to have cosmetic surgery. Body dysmorphic disorder is a serious condition. If untreated, it can lead to depression and in severe cases, suicide. The nature of the condition can make outsiders view the person as vain or self-obsessed, which in turn, can keep them from speaking up and seeking help.
Left untreated, body dysmorphic disorder turns into a vicious cycle and over time, leading to mental distress. Seeking help through therapy or counselling can help people understand the root cause of their illness and learn how to manage their feelings day-to-day.