olfactory reference syndromeJoe Segen2016-12-28T03:25:37+00:00
olfactory reference syndrome
A condition in which a person perceives unpleasant odours emanating from his own skin or a specific body orifice, unrelated to any physiologic process. Individuals are concerned that they have foul or unpleasant body odours*, a belief accompanied by shame, embarrassment, distress, avoidance behaviour, social phobia and isolation.
*Emanating from the mouth, anorectal region, genitalia, vagina, etc. It was regarded as a subtype of body dysmorphic disorder in the DSM-IV, and proposed as a distinct disorder for the 5th edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM-5, 2013), but not accepted as a condition a sui generis in the final draft.