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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 10/20/99
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Teens Who Hate Their Body

CincinnatióMany teenagers are unhappy with the way their body looks and sometimes this unhappiness can be a serious disorder. They may spend too much time looking at themselves in the mirror and asking everyone's opinion about how they look. They may even avoid school or a social situation because of exaggerated concerns about their appearance. If you know a teenager that displays this behavior, this person may have a condition called Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

The University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry is currently conducting a research study to evaluate this serious condition. If the teenager you know qualifies, he or she will receive close medical supervision, heart tracings, blood tests, and psychological tests at no charge. For further information, contact LaDonna at (513) 558-5512.

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