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Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health disorder that is characterised by a preoccupation with one’s perceived flaws or imperfections in their physical appearance. This preoccupation can range from minor concerns to severe obsessions that can significantly impact an individual’s daily life. People with BDD often have a distorted perception of their appearance, causing them to spend excessive amounts of time and energy trying to fix or hide their perceived flaws. This can lead to behaviours such as constantly checking their appearance in mirrors, seeking reassurance from others about their appearance, or engaging in compulsive behaviours like excessive grooming or cosmetic procedures. BDD can affect people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, and it is estimated that 1-2% of the population may have this disorder. It is important to note that BDD is not the same as being dissatisfied with one’s appearance, as it is a more severe and debilitating condition that can significantly impact an individual’s mental and emotional well-being. If left untreated, BDD can lead to social isolation, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, individuals with BDD can learn to manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.