Do I Have BDD?

It can be hard to know whether you suffer from BDD as it may seem like you have always felt this way and always had these concerns. This questionnaire may help to identify whether it is likely that you suffer from BDD. If it seems likely that you do have BDD we would recommend a clinical assessment to accurately diagnose the condition.

It may also be that you have concerns about your body image that are very distressing and interfere in your life, but that you do not meet the diagnostic criteria for BDD. We can still help you, and treatments are available and effective. In this case, we would also recommend a clinical assessment to properly understand the difficulties you are experiencing.

  1. Are you very concerned about the appearance of some part(s) of your body that you consider unattractive? If so, do these concerns preoccupy you? That is, do you think about them a lot and wish you could think about them less?

    (If you answered "NO" to any of the above questions, then you are finished with this questionnaire.)
  2. Is your main concern with your appearance that you are not thin enough or that you might become too fat?
  3. What effect has your preoccupation with your appearance had on your life?
    1. Has your defect(s) caused you a lot of distress, torment, or pain?
    2. Has it significantly interfered with your social life?
    3. Has the defect(s) significantly interfered with your school work, your job, or your overall ability to function?
    4. Are there things you avoid because of your defect(s)?
    5. Have the lives or normal routines of your family or friends been affected by your defect(s)?
  4. How much time do you spend thinking about your defect(s) per day on average?
    1. Less than 1 hour a day
    2. 1-3 hours a day
    3. More than 3 hours a day

It is probable that you have Body Dysmorphic Disorder if you answered "YES" to both parts of question 1,  "YES" to any of the questions for question 3, and answered "B" or "C" for question 4.


**The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Questionnaire (BBDQ)

Phillips, KA, Atala, KD, Pope HG, New Research Progam and Asbtracts, American Psychiatirc Association 148th Annual Meeting, Miama. American Psychiatric Press; WAshington, DC: 1995. Diagnostic insrucments for body dysmporphic disorder

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