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Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) (previously known as Dysmorphophobia and sometimes referred to as Body dysmorphia) is a psychiatric disorder in which the affected person is excessively concerned about and preoccupied by an imagined or minor defect in his or her physical features. The sufferer may complain of several specific features or a single feature, or a vague feature or general appearance, causing psychological distress that impairs occupational and/or social functioning, sometimes to the point of complete social isolation. It is estimated that between 1%-2% of the world's population meet all the diagnostic criteria for BDD.Individuals with very obvious and immediately-noticeable defects should not be diagnosed with BDD, however culture and clinician bias may play a significant part in the subjectivity behind determining what physical appearance is considered 'normal' and in whom the disorder is diagnosed. BDD combines obsessive and compulsive aspects, linking it, among psychologists, to the obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. The exact cause or causes of BDD is unknown, but most clinicians believe it to be a complex combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors.Onset of symptoms generally occurs in adolescence or early adulthood, although cases of BDD onset in children and older adults is not unknown. BDD is often misunderstood to affect mostly women, however research shows that it affects men and women equally. The disorder is linked to significantly diminished quality of life and co-morbid major depressive disorder and social phobia...Many individuals with BDD have repeatedly sought treatment from dermatologists or cosmetic surgeons with little satisfaction before finally accepting psychiatric or psychological help. Treatment can improve the outcome of the illness for most people...individual's who are treated with SSRI's often report that their defect has gone - that they no longer see it. However, this may be due to a change in the individual's perception, rather than a change in the visual processing
When I was very young, I started playing with my tongue by grinding my teeth against one side of my tongue (I did this without being aware of it). I started doing this around the age of 13. It became a habit that stayed with me for another 5 years, until I turned 18. At that age, one side of my face had grown much bigger than the other side. Also the smaller side had more acne. However, I did not notice the reason why I had an deformed face until when I was 19, one day, I stuck my tongue out in front of the mirror and saw that my tongue looked like a curve. No matter how much I tried centralizing my tongue, it had a curve on the left side(the bigger side)...I want to have a professional to help me out with it, I still have not been able to convince ANYONE about my problem.Yes, I have an unbalanced tongue, that I believe can only be solved by surgery.It would be wonderful if anyone can help me gather evidence and information on how to convince my doctor with what this is.