Does the mirror in your bedroom make you look too skinny? How about the mirror down the hall? Does it make you look too chunky? It’s tough when you’re getting mixed signals.  Many of us have issues with our looks: Are you self-conscious about that mole by your nose? Do you have far too many “bad hair” days?

Body image is probably a natural part of the growing process, but too much concern over your looks can indicate a disorder known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or B.D.D. Jane E. Brody, writing for the New York Times, says research is revealing more clues about a syndrome that has been around for over a century.

According to Brody, tens of thousands of Americans are affected by B.D.D. Genetic, emotional and neurobiological factors may play a role.  The Times article says cognitive behavioral therapy and/or serotonin-enhancing drugs could help this condition. If you have a body image problem, and it’s interfering with your life, talk with your doctor.

More information on Body Dysmorphic Disorder can be found at You’ll read about B.D.D. symptoms, causes, complications, risk factors and treatment.