A study at UCLA has revealed that two very serious illnesses, anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder have very similar brain abnormalities, but this is not very surprising given that both types of people are most concerned with having a perfect appearance in their eyes. The researchers discovered that one potential cause, focusing primarily on small physical details, may be the answer for a possible therapeutic technique in retraining the affected perceptions. Although these abnormalities had never been connected before, scientists had been aware of the distorted perceptions perceived by body dysmorphic disorder. The connection has lead discoveries to when symptoms begin to appear, which is crucial to retraining the perception, allowing those with the disorders to focus mostly on whole images and not minute details.

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