The latter study proceeded to examine differences in sexual orientation as well, indicating that BDD
was higher among gay and lesbian students than among heterosexual students.
People suffering from BDD
have different perceptions about themselves.
As per expectations, patients with BDD
were found increasingly distressed about their appearance and looks; even they saw their reflection for meagre 25 seconds.
Inasmuch as BDD
represents the more extreme end of the continuum of suffering, this same core conceptualization could be applied to less severe struggles with body image disturbance.
Cohen notes "the rules of BDD
only allowed new skaters to join the rest of the league in regular practices and drills once they had attended eight Freshmeat practices (which were held twice a week), passed a skills test, and were allowed to take a derby name" (26).
As expected, the results showed patients with BDD
became increasingly distressed about their appearance and looks, even after seeing their reflection for just 25 seconds.
patients' behaviour is seen as unusual by others - particularly their eating habits or obsession with looking in the mirror constantly.
All but two patients had received medication, without sufficient effects on BDD
symptoms, and most had received individual therapy.
By identifying tanning as a prevalent feature of BDD
, the hope is "clinicians--both mental health and non-mental health--will consider the possibility of a BDD
diagnosis when a patient presents who is excessively tanned," Dr.
It can be challenging to convince a person who is suspected of having BDD
to seek such guidance, but this clearly is necessary.
, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), body dissatisfaction, and hostility are the main predictors of MD.
is a mental disorder where a preoccupation with a slight defect in the sufferer's appearance - real or imagined - becomes so excessive it interferes with their social and professional life.