It's not you. It's your phone—and phones and cameras and mirrors everywhere, convincing you you're too fat, too thin, your nose is too big, your eyes are too small. You're not tall enough, you need more muscle tone. Hold your stomach in! Get your lips plumped! Whiten your teeth! Just when you make peace with your facial features, it starts picking on your hair. It's relentless, impossible to please and it could be ruining your sex life.

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a preoccupation with what you perceive to be the defects in your appearance. Risk factors include experiences of teasing or abuse as a child, suffering from anxiety or depression, being a perfectionist and having family members with BDD or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Though common in both women and men, BDD affects women slightly more.

The social media effect

Women have long been subjected to unrealistic beauty standards that can expose insecurities in even the most confident and well-adjusted among us. Historically, women's magazines were the arbiters of these beauty standards, and many of us grew up comparing ourselves to Kate Moss, Naomi