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BDD, Image Obsession Disorder, is Found to be More Prevalent in Teen Girls! Know More

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)

United States: Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a condition which is especially found in teen girls, makes one overly obsessed with perceived flaws that they believe are carrying in their personal appearance.

How common is BDD?

According to a report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on March 17, BDD affects around two teens in every 100 of them, which amounts to 1.9 percent.

According to the researchers of the latest study regarding the disorder, it is around six times more commonly found in girls than boys; therefore, about 1.8 percent of girls are affected by it as compared to just 0.3 percent of boys.

The disorder needs the attention of health providers

Visual Representation of BDD. Credit | Getty images

Therefore, Georgina Krebs, the lead researcher and an associate professor of psychology at University College London, said that these numbers are relatively significant and doctors should keep an eye out for signs of the condition.

Krebs’ statement in the university release stated, “Since young people with BDD tend not to spontaneously disclose their symptoms unless directly asked, it is crucial that clinicians utilize BDD screening tools and ask young people directly about appearance concerns,” as US News reported.

About the study for BDD disorder

To conduct the study, researchers examined collected data from not less than 7,600 kids and teens who took part in the 2017 Mental Health of Children and Young People in England survey.

In the survey, several questions were included, such as whether the child has ever felt conscious about his or her appearance.

Among those who replied as “a little” or “a lot” went through a screening for BDD.

Around 70 percent of young people having bDD disorder also touched the diagnostic criteria for at least one other psychological disorder, according to the study.

What were the results of the study?

According to the findings of the survey, it was found that the most prevalent mental health problems commonly found occurring along BDD were anxiety disorders (59 percent) and depression (32 percent)

Moreover, almost half (46 percent) of the young people who had BDD have also reported committing self-harm or suicidal attempts when compared with those who were without the disorder (8 percent).

Krebs added, “Screening for BDD in young people with anxiety disorders and depression, the most common co-morbidities, is likely to improve detection,” as US News reported.

Another finding of the results also found that the affected teens were heavily preoccupied with their appearance but did not meet the diagnostic standard for BDD and also portrayed the same patterns of co-existing mood problems.

Therefore, the researchers concluded that “Appearance preoccupation is a significant clinical phenomenon in its own right” and “Efforts are needed to raise awareness of BDD, improve screening practices, and reduce barriers to evidence-based treatment.”

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