Show Summary Details
Page of

Body dysmorphic disorder 

Body dysmorphic disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder

Katharine A. Phillips

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 05 July 2022

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), also known as dysmorphophobia, is a relatively common, severe, and sometimes difficult-to-treat condition that has been described for more than a century. BDD consists of a distressing or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in one's physical appearance. BDD is classified as a separate disorder in DSM-IV and a type of hypochondriasis in ICD-10. This disorder can cause severe distress and notably impaired functioning. In addition, risk behaviours—suicidality, violence, problematic substance use, and compulsive tanning—appear common in BDD. Despite its severity, BDD is underrecognized in clinical settings.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.