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What actions are likely by people with body dysmorphic disorder?

People with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) are likely to take actions that may include these kinds of behaviors:

  • Seek advice and medical treatment from cosmetic surgeons, doctors and dentists to attempt to fix the supposed physical defect
  • Operate on themselves
  • Stay away from social situations
  • Keep themselves away from other people
  • Hurt themselves
  • Try to kill themselves

The disorder can prompt people to quit their job or drop out of school and to become housebound. Some may isolate themselves in a room and only allow others to see them when they are completely veiled or masked. About 80 percent of people with BDD have considered suicide and about 25 percent of people who have BDD have attempted suicide.

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