BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER ( BDD ) The myth and fact.

This is not a punitive post , but one to educate and help you understand what BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER Is and make your own decison.

We will look at Definition , synltoms , criteria, treatment

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🔛Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others.

➡️When you have BDD, you intensely focus on appearance, body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours each day

➡️Your perceived flaw and the behaviors cause significant distress, and impact your ability to function in your daily life.

At some time or another, almost everybody feels unhappy about the way they look, but these thoughts come and go and can be forgotten.

However, for someone with BDD the thought of a flaw is very distressing and does not go away.

⏩The most common preoccupations concern the skin, hair, nose, eyes, eyelids, mouth, lips, jaw, and chin.

⏩However, any part of the body may be involved and the preoccupation is frequently focused on several body parts simultaneously.

The behaviour of BDD sufferers will include some or all of the following:

⏩Checking the appearance of a specific body part in mirrors

⏩Camouflaging a perceived defect with clothing or makeup

⏩Excessive grooming,by combing, shaving, removing or cutting hair, applying makeup

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Picking their skin to make it smooth

Comparing the appearance with that of others

Dieting and excessive exercise or weight lifting

Avoiding social situations to avoid being exposed

Seeking surgery/dermatological treatment despite being told that surgery is not required

Do you worry about the way you look &wish you could think about it less?

What specific concerns do you have about your appearance?

On a typical day,how many hours do you worry about your appearance?

What effect does it have on your life?

Does it affect work or relationships.

The treatments for BDD

1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  1. Additional support of medication

CBT will teach BDD sufferers to confront their fears without camouflage .This means repeatedly learning to tolerate the resulting discomfort to test out their belief.

As written by @wakawaka_doctor

Wakawaka Doctor is a medical expert with interest in public and mental health.

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