Body Dysmorphic Disorder affects 1.7% to 2.4% of the general population.
The Man in the Mirror
Part of your morning preparation for societal judgment likely involves a look at the man in the mirror.
I’m sure you can pick out a flaw or two, but those with Body Dysmorphic Disorder can pinpoint a plethora amount of their perceived flaws and reflect on these negative thoughts for hours in a day.
What is BDD?
Jennifer L. Greenberg, PsyD defines Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) as a complex disorder characterized by extreme concern about one or more perceived defects in one’s physical appearance.
BDD most often develops in adolescents and teens, and research shows that it affects men and women almost equally. In the United States, BDD occurs in about 2.5% in males, and in 2.2% of females. BDD often begins to occur in adolescents 12-13 years of age (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
Primarily occurring in men, BDD often develops into what is called Bigorexia. Those who experience this are focused entirely on the amount of muscles they have, and the amount of muscles they see on the bodies around them. The mindset of an individual with Bigorexia may perceive themselves as frail or weak.
Unfortunately, Bigorexia sufferers tend to prioritize their muscle-building sessions above school, work, and even relationships. In extreme cases, they will skip dinner with a loved one because they feel they need to eat their already prepared high-protein and low-fat meal at a specific time, or because they need to go to the gym for a workout.
For those with BDD, the Man in the Mirror is a reflection they despise to reflect upon. – J.L.