Body Dysmorphic Disorder
a very misunderstood disorder
The perception of beauty
Body Dysmorphic Disorder - BDD
Reading newspapers and magazines, you would be justified in thinking that Body Dysmorphic Disorder is either the 'It Disorder' of the day or an infliction that confines people to darkened rooms to live out their days alone in misery. The relationship between BDD, cosmetic surgery and psychology can be complicated. As someone with experience of all of the above, I have a unique understanding of this problem.
I write my own blog on BDD and you can find that here: http://www.dysmorphicconfessions.blogspot.co.uk
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Did you know..?
Enrique Morselli, an Italian psychiatrist, first recognized dysmorphophobia over a hundred years ago.
Emil Kraepelin, a German psychiatrist, later described it as a mental malfunction leading to a beauty-based hypochondriasis.
Pierre Janet, the French founder of Modern Dynamic Psychology living in the late 1800s, called this body obsession ‘de la honte de corps’. That translates as 'obsession with the shame of the body'.
Sigmund Freud described a patient who was so preoccupied with his nose that he found it hard to function outside of these obsessive thoughts, avoiding all public working life. The ‘Wolf Man’ had all the classic symptoms of BDD.
DSM III 1980 dysmorphophobia
DSM III-R 1987 - body dysmorphic disorder
Dr Katherine Phillips - international expert on BDD and author of The Broken Mirror.