Body odor delusion under-recognized

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Body odor delusion, or olfactory reference syndrome, is the belief that one smells bad with there being no evidence to the claim. Although the disorder has been referred to in one form or another for over a century, it has been largely under studied. According to findings reported by Katharine Phillips, MD, of Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, and colleagues, during a press briefing at a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, two-thirds of individuals with the disorder reported suicidal thinking and almost a third have attempted suicide. Phillips believes these findings show just how under-recognized the disorder is; “Many attribute their distress to the feeling that they stink…They feel they can’t go anywhere without being made fun of. It’s a very delusional belief,” she said. Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses these findings more.

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