Demographic characteristics, phenomenology, comorbidity, and family history in 200 individuals with body dysmorphic disorder

Psychosomatics. 2005 Jul-Aug;46(4):317-25. doi: 10.1176/appi.psy.46.4.317.


The authors examined characteristics of body dysmorphic disorder in the largest sample for which a wide range of clinical features has been reported. The authors also compared psychiatrically treated and untreated subjects. Body dysmorphic disorder usually began during adolescence, involved numerous body areas and behaviors, and was characterized by poor insight, high comorbidity rates, and high rates of functional impairment, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts. There were far more similarities than differences between the currently treated and untreated subjects, although the treated subjects displayed better insight and had more comorbidity.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Child
  • Comorbidity
  • Delusions / diagnosis
  • Delusions / epidemiology*
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Personality Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis
  • Somatoform Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology*