Syndrome characterized by a persistent belief that the person's appearance is somehow seriously defective. Complaints commonly involve perceived defects in the face or head, but can involve any body part.
A somatoform disorder marked by preoccupation with an imagined or exaggerated defect in appearance, for example, facial wrinkles or excess facial or body hair.
Individuals with BDD are beset by an extreme version of negative appearance concerns. BDD is characterized by a time-consuming and potentially disabling preoccupation with imagined or slight defects in one's appearance or excessive concern with a slight physical anomaly. To meet the criteria for this diagnosis, the preoccupation must cause significant distress or impair school, persona, or social functioning.