Can body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) be prevented?

You may not be able to prevent body dysmorphic disorder. But family members and loved ones can help a person stay healthy by lowering their risk of developing body dysmorphic disorder or preventing it from getting worse:

  • Start treatment as soon as a person has symptoms.
  • Discuss healthy and realistic attitudes about body image.
  • Provide a supportive environment to help the person cope with the disorder.

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