A person with the Olfactory Reference Syndrome (ORS) believes that he or she is giving off an odor that is offensive to others despite contradictory evidence..


Features of ORS:

(1) fear of exuding a foul or offensive body odor

(2) continued belief despite reassurance from others that there is no offensive odor

(3) preoccupation results in distress and/or impairment

(4) no other disorder can explain the findings better (schizophenia, other psychosis, drug of abuse, medication, general medical condition)

(5) variable insight


A person with ORS may show features of:

(1) social anxiety disorder or phobia

(2) depression

(3) obsessive-compulsive disorder

(4) delusional disorder somatic type


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