Body dysmorphic disorder is a common mental illness that leads people to become obsessed with parts of their bodies and how they look in public.
The facial features — such as the size and shape of the nose, mouth or ears, or the skin or complexion — are the most common cause of anxiety for people with body dysmorphic disorder.
But any body part — including the elbows, nipples, fingers, buttocks or hair — can become the focus.
When you have body dysmorphic disorder, you feel a part of your body is too peculiar or deformed. You end up feel ashamed, distressed or depressed.
These awkward feelings may affect your wellbeing and prevent you from living a normal life.
Do you strongly grow a thick bear or wear a lot of make-up as cover, spend a great deal of time grooming? Comparing yourself to others all the time, obsessively checking your looks in mirrors or avoiding them at all?
Do you think you have a physical defect that makes you ugly or undergo several cosmetic surgeries?
Chances are you may be suffering a body dysmorphic disorder.
Compulsively picking at your skin, touching parts of your body you dislike of inflicting self-harm, are red signs too.