When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see?
Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder in which one obsessively thinks about one or more perceived defects or flaws in their appearance — even if that flaw appears minor or can’t be seen by others. They may feel so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious so as to avoid social situations. When someone has body dysmorphic disorder, they may intensely focus on their appearance and body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, seeking reassurance, for hours each day. These perceived flaws cause significant distress and impact one’s ability to function in daily life.
Body dysmorphic disorder affects about 1.7% to 2.4% of women but can affect men too. It tends to begin during the teen years or early adulthood when adolescents start comparing themselves to others. Without treatment, this disorder can worsen as people get older. They may become dissatisfied with physical changes that come with aging.
Rachell Peña (she/her) is a graphic designer from San Luis, Mexico and is based in Tempe, AZ. Rachell has an affinity for video game design and animation. Her work is also inspired by her heritage. Her main interests are UI/UX, illustrative, and marketing design. Rachell’s goal is to design graphics for a videogame company and make a positive impact in the gaming community.