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  • The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital

  • Screening Questionnaire for Adults: Do I Have BDD?

  • Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether you might have BDD.

    1. Are you very concerned about the appearance of some part(s) of your body which you consider especially unattractive?

    Yes
    No

    If yes: Do these concerns preoccupy you? That is, do you think about them a lot and wish you could worry less?

    Yes
    No

    2. How much time do you spend thinking about your defect(s) per day on average? Add up all the time you spend on this.

    Less than 1 hour a day
    1-3 hours a day
    More than 3 hours a day

    3. Is your main concern with how you look that you aren't thin enough or that you might become too fat?

    Yes
    No

    4. What effect has your preoccupation with your appearance had on your life?

       a. Has your defect(s) often caused you a lot of distress, torment, or emotional pain?

    Yes
    No

    b. Has your defect(s) often significantly interfered with your social life?

    Yes
    No

    c. Has your defect(s) often significantly interfered with your school work, your job, or your ability to function in your role (e.g., as a homemaker)?

    Yes
    No

    d. Are there things you avoid because of your defect(s)?

    Yes
    No

    You're likely to have BDD if you gave the following answers:

    Question 1: Yes to both parts
    Question 2: Answer b or c
    Question 3: While a "yes" answer may indicate that BDD is present, it is possible that an eating disorder is a more accurate diagnosis
    Question 4: Yes to any of the questions.

    Please note that the above questions are intended to screen for BDD, not diagnose it; the answers indicated above can suggest that BDD is present but can't necessarily give a definitive diagnosis.