Rejection sensitivity higher among patients with body dysmorphic disorder

  • July 23, 2014

Fear of being rejected by others is significantly elevated among individuals with body dysmorphic disorder, according to recent study findings published in Body Image.

“People with [body dysmorphic disorder] obsess about physical features or attributes they believe are ugly or hideous, often spending hours looking in the mirror and taking extraordinary measures to try to correct imperfections only they can see,” Katharine Phillips, MD, director of the body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) program at Rhode Island Hospital, said in a press release. “So they are particularly sensitive to what they believe is rejection from others based on these or other perceived flaws. This study suggests that those with BDD experience an increased expectation of personal rejection, often to the detriment of their overall health and quality of life.”

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