Body Dysmorphic Disorder Diagnosis
(Also Known As: Body Dysmorphia Diagnosis, Bdd Diagnosis, Dysmorphic Syndrome Diagnosis, Somatoform Disorder Diagnosis, Dysmorphophobia Diagnosis, Body Dismorphia Diagnosis)
(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)
How is Body Dysmorphic Disorder Diagnosed?
In order to diagnose the person with a Body Dysmorphic Disorder, it is important to first rule out other explanations for the disturbance. If the symptoms can be better explained by an eating disorder, a gender identity disorder, a social phobia, major depressive episode, some personality disorders or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder—then Body Dysmorphic Disorder is not diagnosed. Although, most of these diagnoses do not involve extreme preoccupation with a perceived or imagined body defect.4
To be positively diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, the person must meet the following factors:
Preoccupation with some imagined defect in appearance. If a slight physical anomaly is present, the person’s concern is markedly excessive.
The preoccupation causes a great degree of distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
The preoccupation is not better accounted for by another mental disorder.
Could You Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
Body Dysmorphic Disorder Topics
|Bulimia Nervosa – Eating Disorder, Binge Eating, Purging, Fasting, Over Exercising|
|Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Uncontrolled Fears, Irrational Worry, Anxiety Disorder|
|Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Obsessive Behavior, Compulsivity, Perfectionist, Anxiety|
|Social Anxiety Disorder – Chronic Fear of Being Judged, Social Phobia, Anxiety Disorder|