Risk factorsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Although the precise cause of body dysmorphic disorder isn't known, certain factors seem to increase the risk of developing or triggering the condition, including:
- Having biological relatives with body dysmorphic disorder
- Negative life experiences, such as childhood teasing
- Personality traits, including low self-esteem
- Societal pressure or expectations of beauty
- Having another psychiatric disorder, such as anxiety or depression
Body dysmorphic disorder usually starts in adolescence. It affects males and females.
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