How is body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) diagnosed?
A healthcare provider will ask about personal and family medical history and do a physical exam. If the provider suspects body dysmorphic disorder, they may refer the person to a psychiatrist or psychologist.
These mental health professionals evaluate the person’s attitude, behavior and symptoms. A provider will often diagnose body dysmorphic disorder when a person:
- Is preoccupied with a flaw or flaws in their appearance.
- Does repetitive actions (grooming, checking appearance in a mirror) because of their concern about their appearance.
- Can’t function at work or home because they are so worried about how they look.