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Podcast 241 – How To Know If You Suffer From Body Dysmorphia


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Body dysmorphic disorder BDD is defined by the Mayo Clinic as:

“Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health condition in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can’t be seen by others. But you may feel so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations.”

This affects people of all ages and still exists in those who are older as well. Unfortunately, most of the attention is focused on younger people which leaves a large population of older adults uninformed about the effects of this condition.

In This Episode You Will Learn:

1). What exactly is body dysmorphia and what are the effects of suffering from this condition.

2). How common it is to have feelings about your body that are unfavorable and that can easily lead to a condition of BDD.

3). The similarities and relation of body dysmorphia to other conditions like anorexia etc.

4). Why BDD is hard to self diagnose for someone who is suffering from it.

5). Meredith’s tips on how you can get help for yourself or someone you know who is showing signs of BDD.


We hope the facts and tips in this episode are helpful to you or someone you know who may be showing signs of body dysmorphic disorder. Living with this condition can be challenging, especially when there is not a lot of information on how to get help. Making sure you are well informed on how to help yourself or people with BDD is key to body acceptance and appreciation which will lead to a longer, healthier life.

Team Meredith