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Body Dysmorphic Disorder Linked to OCD


Body dysmorphic disorder is a serious illness with links to OCD:

"Body dysmorphic disorder is a chronic mental illness where a person obsesses about a flaw in their appearance, and is so ashamed by the flaw they don't want to be seen or go out in public. Researchers have found

that the same part of the brain is overactive on both obsessive compulsive and body dysmorphic disorders, which may mean there is a link between the two. Researchers have also found that 80% of individuals who have body dysmorphic disease think about or attempt suicide. There are symptoms to look for if you suspects someone may have this disorder, and treatment options that are available.

Symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

A person displaying symptoms of this disorder will often spend several hours a day obsessing and examining their body parts in a mirror. They uses clothing such as scarves and hats to cover what they perceive to be their defect. A person may also cover their defects with make-up or seek cosmetic surgery to fix their flaw. Often a person will obsessively question family and friends about their appearance. What they perceive as their body defect can make a person avoid social situations, and suffer from low-self esteem or extreme depression. "

Read More: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5738826/body_dysmorphic_disorde...

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