Definition and Clinical Description | Diagnosis | Epidemiology | Etiology | Treatment
The essential feature of body dysmorphic disorder is a preoccupation
with some imagined defect in appearance or markedly excessive concern
with a minor physical anomaly (Table 13–12). Such preoccupation
persists even after reassurance. Common complaints include a diversity
of imagined flaws of the face or head, such as various defects in
the hair (too much or too little), skin, shape of the face, or facial features.
However, any body part may be the focus, including genitals, breasts,
buttocks, extremities, shoulders, and even overall body size. De Leon et al. (1989) stated that the nose, ears, face, and
sexual organs are most often involved. It is not surprising, then,
that patients with body dysmorphic disorder are found most commonly
among persons seeking cosmetic surgery.