Body modification can be a healthy expression of individuality, but it can indicate psychological problems in some cases. Some studies have found a link between body modification and suicidal thoughts in teenagers. Teenagers with tattoos or piercings may also be involved in high risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol use. Parents and physicians should monitor teens for other symptoms.
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Charles Sophy, Psychiatry, answeredBody modification can be a sign of a mental illness. For someone to be diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder they must meet the criteria that has been set by the American Psychiatric Association. It can be found in Diagnostic Statistical Manual found online and in book stores.