BDD Signs And Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of BDD can vary widely from person to person. Some of the most common signs and symptoms include:

Preoccupation with one’s physical appearance on a consistent basis
Strong belief that a major defect in appearance exists and is easily recognized
Frequent examination of features in mirrors/reflective surfaces or avoidance of mirrors/reflective surfaces altogether
The need to seek reassurance about one’s appearance from others
The need to seek out unnecessary cosmetic procedures
Excessive grooming, such as hair combing and plucking
Excessive picking or squeezing of the skin
The need to wear excessive makeup or clothing to camouflage perceived flaws
Refusal to appear in photographs
Extreme self-consciousness, especially in public
Comparison of one’s appearance with that of others
Avoidance of social situations and tendency to isolate from family and friends
Common Areas Of Concern
The features that BDD sufferers obsess on usually relate to the head and face, but may involve any body part. Some of the most common areas of concern include:

Acne and hyperpigmentation
Skin tone and color
Complexion (texture, pore size, and scars)
Facial wrinkles
Hair (color, style, and thickness)
Eyes (shape, size, and spacing)
Nose (shape and size)
Lips (shape and size)
Muscles (shape and size)
Breasts (shape, size, and symmetry)
Genitalia (shape and size)