We live in a society where our image is extremely important, so much so that for some people it can end up becoming an obsession, and giving themselves a perception disorder of their own image, known as body dysmorphic disorder.
People who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder are not able to view their own body as it really is, and never accepting it as looking good. On many occasions they become obsessed with a part of their body that they believe to be wrong and they may even fall into depression, because of what they consider to be a serious problem with their image.
Usually, they are people with serious self-esteem problems they don´t accept, and sometimes even have very self-destructive behavior, such as looking at themselves in the mirror and put themselves down for what they consider to be a serious problem.
Dysmorphic disorder or an obsession because of a defect
Do not confuse a dysmorphic disorder with an obsession that a person may have because of a real defect in their body. A defect that perhaps for other people doesn´t seem so important, but for them could be very serious.
For example, a person with a crooked nose may attach so much importance to this problem that they may come to think that everyone looks at their nose or is being mocked because of it.
Perhaps, people do see their problem, but more than likely don´t pay the same importance as the sufferer does. This happens frequently to people who in their childhood or youth were teased by their physical appearance, causing them to have very little self-confidence.
It is also common in people who are very perfectionist and demanding, and for whom a build up of fat in the waist, for example, is something that they could become obsessed about if they were trying to have a perfect body.
The main difference between a person suffering from a dysmorphic disorder and a person who has an obsession with a defect is that in the second case, once that defect is repaired, for example through cosmetic surgery, the person can regain their self-esteem .
However, those who suffer from a disorder will never be able to see themselves in a good light, regardless of the number of interventions performed and how perfect their image may be, as they just aren´t able to perceive themselves impartially.