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Here's What Body Dysmorphia Actually Is

It's not just another way of saying low self-esteem.

1. First of all, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a serious mental illness.

2. A person with BDD might be focused on something about their appearance that's real or imagined.

3. Obsessive behaviors and intrusive thoughts are hallmarks of BDD.

4. Which is not the same thing as the average person's dissatisfaction with their appearance.

5. BDD and eating disorders are not the same thing

6. BDD can disrupt your life.

7. BDD seems to be caused by a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors.

8. And culture plays a role, too.

9. Researchers think that people with BDD might actually see things differently.

10. BDD is usually treated with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

11. In some cases, medication is also used.

12. The onset of BDD is usually around puberty.

13. If you notice symptoms of BDD in yourself or someone you care about, a therapist can help.

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