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Do chemical levels in the brain play a role in body dysmorphic disorder?

An imbalance of serotonin in the brain is a possible factor involved with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

People with BDD often respond well to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), a class of antidepressants. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that transmits signals between billions of neurons that are in constant communication, allowing the body to act and think. Serotonin is produced in each individual neuron from tryptophan, which is an amino acid. Serotonin is typically active in regions of the brain that are responsible for sleeping, sensory perception and emotions.

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