Dorian Gray syndrome

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Dorian Gray syndrome

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Dorian Gray

A popular term for a mental disorder characterised by an excessive preoccupation with one’s appearance and concerns over the physical effects of ageing, which triggers the individual undergoing repeated cosmetic surgical procedures, use of so-called fountain of youth medications–e.g., finasteride to reverse androgenic alopecia (balding), coupled with an unwillingness to fulfil their role as a mature adult.

Comment The term derives from Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which the protagonist’s painting of himself ages, but he does not. 

Synonym Forever beautiful complex, forever young syndrome,


Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2001 Jul;39(7):279-83 

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