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Letter to the Editor

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder After Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Report of 2 Cases (a man and his mother)

Fatih Canan, MD; Emel Kocer, MD; Salih Yildirim, MD; and Ahmet Ataoglu, MD

Published: August 15, 2007

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Sir: Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or dysmorphophobia,is a mental disorder characterized by preoccupationwith an imagined defect in one’s appearance. Alternatively,BDD may involve a minor physical abnormality, but theconcern is regarded as grossly excessive.1 Most patientswith BDD show repetitive behaviors, such as mirror checking,requests for reassurance, and skin picking, which resembleobsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) compulsions.

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