According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Body Dysmorphic Disorder is defined as "a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one's appearance." And it affects a lot of people.
Perhaps you know firsthand how BDD causes crippling emotional distress because you don't see yourself the way others do.
Maybe you've found yourself criticizing parts of your body, to the point that you obsess over them for hours at a time.
Or perhaps your anxiety becomes so bad, you avoid mirrors and social settings so you don't have to be around others.
However, maybe you've found ways to tackle your BDD and can share with others helpful tips they can incorporate into their lives.
Whatever your experience with BDD, we want to hear your stories. Submit them (you can disclose as much or as little as you like) via the submission form below. Your anonymous submission may appear in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!