Eating Disorder & Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Eating disorders are characterized by severe emotional, psychological and physical disturbances that are related their thoughts and emotions. The three most common eating disorders are: binge eating disorder, bulimia, and anorexia nervosa. Common warning signs of an eating disorder are: skipping meals, preoccupation with fad diets, an uneasiness of eating around others, and practicing certain food rituals.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD is akin or similar to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder due to the severity of the mental illness. BDD is characterized with a pre-occupation with one’s appearance and their relative social activities.

Common body parts or areas in which a person might be preoccupied with are as follows: hair, nose, skin, mouth, chin, calves, forehead, eyelids, and nails.

Often, persons with BDD are so consumed by their appearances that they will engage in:

  • grooming rituals
  • camouflaging their appearance with layers of make-up or excessive facial rituals.
  • seeking out cosmetic surgery or staring at themselves, in the mirror, for periods at a time.

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