Skin picking: Compulsively picking one’s skin to try to make it look better; the intent is not to harm oneself. This behavior can cause skin lesions and scarring. It is occasionally life-threatening. People who pick their skin only as a symptom of BDD (in response to appearance concerns) should not receive a diagnosis of excoriation (skin-picking) disorder.Clothes changing: Frequently changing clothes to try to better hide disliked body areas or find a more flattering outfit.Tanning: Excessively tanning to darken skin that is considered too pale or for other reasons (for example, to try to minimize perceived acne).Excessive exercising or weight lifting: This behavior is especially common in men with muscle dysmorphia(click here to read more about Muscle Dysmorphia).Excessive shopping: Shopping for makeup, other products, or clothes to try to improve the appearance of the disliked body areas.Seeking cosmetic surgery, dermatologic treatment, or other cosmetic procedures: These treatments are almost never helpful for BDD concerns.Social Anxiety and Avoidance: Social anxiety and avoidance are very common, which may cause BDD to be misdiagnosed as social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Social anxiety and avoidance may be caused by fears that other people will see the perceived appearance flaws and look down on, reject, or ridicule the person with BDD because of how they look.
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