Psychological Effects on Body Dysmorphic Disorder

1577 WordsJan 30, 20186 Pages
Many serious mental illnesses can be related to, proven and fixed with the use and study of social sciences. One illness that can prove this statement is body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Body dysmorphic disorder is a very common psychological disorder where one becomes obsessed with imaginary defects in their appearance (Phillips & Rocco, 2001). The obsession can range in severity and affects different areas of functioning (Bjornsson, Didie & Phillips, 2010). This disorder is related to the three domains of psychological development (physical, cognitive and psychosocial) in a variety of ways. These relations can come in the form of development, impacts and treatments of the disorder. The physical domain targets the development and consequences of the disorder. The cognitive domain focuses mainly on assessing and treating the illness. The final domain, psychosocial, takes various aspects into consideration. This domain looks at how the disorder is affected by psychological well-being and how it can improve the disorder. Overall, body dysmorphic disorder is caused by defects in and heavily relies on the three domains of psychological development. BDD starts with the physical domain, as it is an unhealthy preoccupation with ones physical appearance. This preoccupation is based on a perceived idea that there are visible flaws in ones appearance, however the one experiencing this is usually an average looking person (Rosen, James, Reiter & Orosan, 1995). This preoccupation can be
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