What Exactly Is Body Image Dysmorphia? (And What Can You Do About It?)

Dr Elayne (Saltzberg) Daniels
7 min readSep 26, 2022

There’s one relationship you can’t escape: the one with yourself. And that relationship extends to what you see in the mirror and how you perceive and respond to it. Most of us see things we would like to change. But, for some people, those little wishes or cues for a “healthier” lifestyle are replaced by an obsessive distortion of “what is.” Body image dysmorphia (also known as body dysmorphia or body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)) causes extreme anguish for those affected by it.

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