Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is thought to affect 1 to 2 percent of the American population. Among patients presenting for cosmetic treatments, 7 to 15 percent may suffer from the condition. In a recent admission, Reid Ewing, an actor on Modern Family, discussed the pain of living with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) which led him to several cosmetic procedures. An article on Reid and BDD in The Washington Post references research from David Sarwer, associate dean of research for the College of Public Health.
"People with BDD may pick at a skin defect only perceptible to them until a real scab appears. They might lose hours in front of a mirror, meticulously working to camouflage their purported flaws, or they might compulsively avoid mirrors at all costs, terrified of what they’ll see. Some develop eating disorders or social anxiety. And studies suggest that more than half of BDD suffers seek out cosmetic surgery, which, as in Ewing’s case, often leaves them as tormented as they were before."