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What are symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

There are a number of common symptoms and signs of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Those signals include:

  • Excessively checking their appearance in mirrors or other reflective surfaces
  • Constantly comparing their appearance to other people
  • Attempting to fix the imagined flaw through excessive grooming
  • Touching, measuring or checking the supposed defect
  • Frequently changing clothes
  • Destroying existing photographs and refusing to be photographed
  • Constantly seeking reassurance from loved ones
  • Masking, camouflaging or disguising perceived flaws with bulky clothing, heavy make-up, posture, or hats
  • Excessively exercising and dieting
  • Avoiding reflective surfaces or mirrors
  • Having suicidal thoughts

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