BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER (BDD)

Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental disorder characterized by an obsession with some aspect of one’s own appearance that interferes with that person’s daily life. A person diagnosed with BDD will obsess over  his  appearance to fix or hide the imperfection he sees in the mirror (or make change person to people and leave them as they are). BDD is related to OCD in that the person diagnosed with the disorder is obsessed with fixing his  flaws. The individual diagnosed with BDD may refuse to go out before he can hide or fix the flaws he sees in his reflection. BDD has been overly underdiagnosed and confused with anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder.
Write an essay about what Body Dysmorphic Disorder is, how it affects people and their perceptions of themselves, its reasons and whether it can be cured or not.

INTRODUCTION TO BDD
  • Why does this woman think she is ugly? – BBC News
  • What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder? – BDD, Mental Health Videos with Kati Morton (7mins)
  • Body Dysmorphia by Nicole Evans
  • Learn about Body Dysmorphic Disorder
LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE BDD
  • Mirror, Mirror: Body Dysmorphic Disorder – Part 1 – TEDEd (6mins)
  • DOCS: If You Could See What I See – Body Dysmorphic Disorder (50mins)
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT BDD
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder – Psychologist Explains – Ben Buchanan (10mins)
  • Believing is seeing: a new perspective on body dysmorphia | Meredith Leston | TedxOxford
  • The ugly truth about body dysmorphia – The Guardian
Prepared by Aslıhan Nur Erol
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