It's thought that between one and five in 100 people in the UK have body dysmorphic disorder. Doctors don't know exactly how many people have the condition because people often keep it a secret. Body dysmorphic disorder often starts in adolescence, but it can affect all age groups and is equally common in men and women.
Many people worry that they have a flaw in their appearance but these thoughts usually come and go. If you have body dysmorphic disorder, you're so concerned about your appearance that this has a significant impact upon your life. The perceived flaw is usually minimal or imaginary. You may be concerned with any area of your body. It's common for people with body dysmorphic disorder to worry about a part of their face such as nose, hair, skin, eyes, chin and lips. The most common complaint is that something is too big or too small, or out of proportion.
The degree to which you experience body dysmorphic disorder can vary. If you have mild body dysmorphic disorder you will constantly worry about your appearance but can appear to carry on with a normal life. Moderate or severe body dysmorphic disorder has a serious impact on your life and the symptoms are very upsetting.
We all have those flaws that we wish we could change . A smaller nose , bigger eyes, straighter teeth , clearer skin. But when it becomes an obsession and consumes you it is all the mirror sees and this is massively detrimental to your mental health and we all have society to blame .