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Body Dysmorphic Disorder & Testing

Recognize the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder and know more about how we can help.

What is body dysmorphic disorder?
Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental disorder characterized by an obsessive concern about a certain defect that affects one’s physical appearance, whether real or imaginary. The person is preoccupied with such defect, believing that they are greatly flawed. Obsessing about their physical appearance often last for an hour to even a full day.

frustrated stressed young man feeling disappointedWhat are the symptoms of BDD?
A person with BDD will do everything to hide or fix the defect. Some symptoms of BDD include:

  • Checking themselves in the mirror constantly or avoiding mirrors
  • Camouflaging the body part believed to have a defect
  • Excessive grooming or physical exercise
  • Seeking surgery to reduce or eliminate the perceived flaw

How can Prime Behavioral Health help?
Our therapists will thoroughly assess the client’s behaviors, symptoms and attitudes to provide a diagnosis for BDD. We make use of cognitive behavioral therapy to help treat body dysmorphic disorder. Additionally, medications, such as antidepressants may also be prescribed to help clients cope with the disorder. Every client is unique so we create personalized therapy plans that will help address their symptoms.

Learn More
Please don’t hesitate to call us at 301-477-2128 for your inquiries. You may also Set An Appointment online to personally talk with our therapist.

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