Body Dysmorphic Disorder


Body dysmorphic disorder is a type of somatoform disorder involving an intense and persistent preoccupation with a real or imagined defect in body image. Criteria for the diagnosis, as described in DSM-V, include repetitive behaviours such as excessive grooming, skin picking and reassurance seek­ing, and that preoccupation causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occu­pational, or other important areas of functioning.