Some Q&A about Body Dismorphic Disorder (BDD)

BDD is a psychiatric disorder with different severities and a broad spectrum of presentations. The diagnosis criteria to BDD are:

i. Preoccupation with a imaginary defect or disproportional extreme concern with a slightly defect in appearance

ii. Significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other areas of functioning, resulting from the appearance preoccupation.

iii. The preoccupation is no due to other psychiatric disorders (e.g. eating disorders)

The treatment depends on the severity of the disorder.BDD is included in a group of psychiatric disorder called “somotoform disorders”. However this is controversial, and many experts consider it as a obsessive-compulsive disorder..

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Dr Francisco de Melo is a board certified Plastic Surgeon with more than 20 years of experience in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery in Portugal and the UAE. Before moving to Dubai in 2012,  was a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and  Head of Surgery Department in the Military Hospital of Lisbon in Portugal.

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