Social Anxiety Disorder
BDD is often associated with social anxiety and fears of being judged negatively by others.
When it is largely due to appearance concerns then a diagnosis of BDD is made. Compared to BDD, individuals with social phobia fear that they would act in a way that would be humiliating, embarrassing or offend others. An additional diagnosis of social anxiety disorder can only be made when the person displays a broader fear that he or she will show anxiety symptoms (e.g. go red, shake) or act inappropriately (for example “be boring”) in a way that will then be judged negatively.
Many people with BDD have also suffered from social anxiety in the past. Further information can be obtained from Anxiety UK.