Recognizing the presence of body dysmorphic disorder can be difficult. Some people may dislike the way they look, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they deal with body dysmorphia.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) classifies body dysmorphic disorder as a diagnosable mental health condition. Like many other psychiatric disorders, biological and environmental factors contribute to its development.

Medical professionals adhere to specific criteria in the DSM-5 for diagnosing many mental health disorders, including body dysmorphic disorder. Individuals who meet the criteria for the disorder can take the next steps toward better managing body dysmorphia and living a healthier life.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Test

Do you think you live with body dysmorphic disorder? This self-assessment quiz can help you identify symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder. While not a formal clinical diagnosis, the results of this quiz can help you better understand how body dysmorphic disorder can affect your life. Please be sure to consult with your physician for a formal diagnosis.

Please answer “yes” or “no” for each question based on your experiences in the past six months:

Been extremely preoccupied with one or more perceived flaws in your physical appearance?
Compulsively checked the mirror to examine your appearance?
Repeatedly measured or touched your perceived flaw?
Experienced a preoccupation about your perceived physical flaws that have contributed to problems in your social life?
Had difficulties performing at school or work because of a preoccupation about your appearance?
Constantly compared your appearance with others?
Strongly considered cosmetic procedures to fix a perceived flaw in your appearance?
Expressed shame or embarrassment over your physical appearance?
Attempted to hide a perceived physical flaw with clothes or makeup?
Struggled to control your negative thoughts about your perceived flaws?
Believed that others take particular notice of perceived flaws in your appearance?
Repeatedly sought reassurance that your perceived flaw is not visible or too obvious?

Your confidential assessment results will appear on the next page. Enter a valid email address below to learn more about your next steps.

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