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          Body Dysmorphia

          July 04, 2008

          When most women gaze in the mirror, they may bemoan a blemish here or a wrinkle there. Imagine staring at your reflection for over two hours and hating your face so much that you never leave the house. Dr. Phil’s guests say they are prisoners to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a preoccupation with a real or imagined physical defect.

          Monster in the Mirror?
          Diana, 28, has suffered from BDD for over 13 years. She’s undergone over 50 permanent make-up procedures, and didn’t leave her home for two years because she thought she was hideous. Her mom and sister say it’s painful to watch Diana deteriorate before their eyes.

          “It felt like I died, but I was still here.” 



          Secret Shame

          What really caused Diana to loathe her looks? Her mother, Guadalupe, says she remembers the moment everything changed.

          Find out the shocking event Diana believes caused her condition.


          Appalled by Her Appearance

          Seventeen-year-old Cheyenne used to win beauty pageants, but now believes that she’s an ugly, overweight girl with thunder thighs. Her mom, Bobette, wonders if she’s the cause of her daughter’s bad feelings.

          Does the teen really have BDD, or is something else affecting her? 

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