Body Dysmorphic Disorder frequently occurs simultaneously with other psychological conditions. Some of the most common disorders that co-exist with BDD include, but are not limited to:
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
A type of anxiety disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive thoughts, feelings, and obsessions that compel sufferers to perform compulsions in an attempt to quell anxiety.
Abnormal eating habits that cause serious disturbances to an individual’s diet and behavior. Common eating disorders include anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder.
Social Anxiety Disorder
A type of anxiety disorder identified by an intense and continual fear of social situations. Social anxiety disorder may also be known as ‘social phobia.’
Major Depressive Disorder
A mood disorder wherein feelings of sadness, hopelessness, loss, or self-loathing interrupt the normal processes of day-to-day life. Major depressive disorder may also be known as major depression, clinical depression, or recurrent depression.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
A personality disorder distinguished by hypersensitivity, emotional instability, impulsiveness, and distorted self-image. Individuals who suffer with BPD may participate in intentional self-harm or suicidal behavior due to feelings of being fundamentally flawed.
An impulse control disorder in which sufferers engage in compulsive urges to frequently pick at their skin. Also known as ‘compulsive skin picking,’ dermatillomania can cause significant damage to the skin.
An impulse control disorder in which sufferers engage in compulsive urges to pull out their hair. This condition often results in noticeable hair loss.
Substance Use Disorders
Disorders distinguished by abuse of and dependence on chemical substances, such as drugs or alcohol.
Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID)
A psychological disorder in which sufferers experience a desire to remove a healthy limb, such as an arm or leg. This disorder is also known as ‘amputee identity disorder.’
Frequently referred to as hypochondria, health phobia, or health anxiety, this disorder is identified by a preoccupation and fear of having a serious illness or otherwise developing one in the future.