Diagnostic criteria for dress doubt disorder:
Image via Russell Davies
A diagnosis of dress doubt disorder is made when the following criteria from A, B, and C are met.
- A total of six (or more) items from (1), (2), and (3), with at least two from (1), and at least one each from (2) and (3):
- Qualitative impairment in cognition, as manifested by at least two of the following, one of which must include (a):
- extreme feelings of doubt or uncertainty regarding dress decision
- marked impairment in or decreased thoughts of topics other than dress
- failure to attend to topics other than dress
- increased cognition directed solely toward dress
- lack of insight into rational processes regarding dress
- Qualitative impairments in social emotional behavior as manifested by at least one of the following:
- increased anxiety regarding dress that can be exhibited by nail biting, lack of sleep, physical pain, headaches, crying, and/or irritability
- marked impairment in ability to trust others who were previously deemed trustworthy fashion advisers
- extremely labile mood exhibited by twirling in dress and then quickly crying while still wearing said dress (or other similar behaviors)
- inability to be soothed or calmed about dress decision
- Restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interest, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:
- encompassing preoccupation with dresses, both one’s own and others’
- repetitive thoughts and/or language regarding dress
- repetitive behaviors regarding dresses (as evidenced by trying dress on or reading magazines with known high dress counts)
- persistent preoccupation with parts of dresses, such as lace boleros, sashes, trains, and veils, as well as dress styles and fashion trends
- The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
- The disturbance is not better accounted for by buyer’s remorse disorder.
Research shows that between 10% and 70% of brides suffer from some degree of dress doubt disorder. Treatment usually involves multiple repetitive conversations in an attempt to placate the bride, with limited results. Anti-anxiety pills are sometimes prescribed, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. In some extreme cases, exposure or in-vivo therapy is indicated.
Have you suffered from DDD? I think I might have it…