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Question: why body dysmorphic disorder can be frequently confused with addiction? I was my chatting with my friends when our topic shifted to body dysmorphic disorder. I know this is a disorder where you dislike your own body, but most of my friend associate this is addiction. How can this be associated with addiction? Any insights is appreciated.

Answer: I think that it depends on the context that body dysmorphic disorder is in. I think that it is the cause and an addiction is the effect. Say, for example, that someone doesn't like the way they look, so they develop body dysmorphic disorder. This might drive them to be anorexic and/or bulimic, which are both serious eating disorders and the effect of the body dysmorphic disorders; anorexia and bulimia are both considered special types of food addictions. If this happens, then I would say that it could lead to an addiction, but wouldn't necessarily be an addiction in of itself. However, I'm strictly talking about a dislike of someone's body with respect to weight. If we're talking about body dysmorphic disorder because of something like an acne breakout or someone's skin tone, then I wouldn't call it an addiction at all; I'd call it a complex. However, I can see where the argument for an addiction would come from.


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