Vice Magazine

Living and Dealing with Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) – an anxiety disorder whereby sufferers have a distorted view of how they look – can manifest itself in myriad ways. The constant checking of appearance in a mirror – or the total avoidance of reflective surfaces; compulsive skin picking; seclusion; cosmetic surgery. These behaviours can shut sufferers off from the world and trap them in a cycle of fear and self-loathing. In the most extreme cases, BDD can lead to suicide.

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This Powerful Video Reveals What Body Dysmorphia Really Feels Like

Artist Leigh de Vries has suffered from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) since she was a teenager, which she believes stems from having a lazy eye. Although that problem was fixed, her fixation with the idea that her face was "deformed" lingered.

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