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Obesity And Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Yes: An obsession with a perceived flaw does not discriminate. ...Read more
Absolutely, but...: Bdd is an irrational, excessive preoccupation with and dislike of some aspect of your body, for example, being convinced your chin is too pointy, making you ugly, when in fact it is quite within the normal range. A morbidly obese person might have such a preoccupation. Dislike of the obesity itself, even if it caused great distress would not be bdd because it's reality based. ...Read more
Certainly: Yes. Bdd is essentially the excessive concern over what is percieved to be a relatively minor condition to the point of interfering with your daily functions. It does not necessarily mean that you will seek cosmetic surgery although estimates of anywhere from 15-60% of patients undergoing cosmetic surgery have been reported to have some degree of bdd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe, but specific: Not sure i understand the question. People with bdd definitely see parts of themselves in a distorted fashion that does not gibe with what others perceive. However, they do not hallucinate, that is hear voices or see ojects that others can't see. ...Read more
Body dysmorphic dis.: People with bdd think that some part of their anatomy is grossly distorted to the point that they fear being seen due to feeling hideous. Read the excellent article at: www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/body-dysmorphic-disorder/ds00559 if after that you feel it describes you, then see a psychiatrist and a psychologist for treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more
Absolutely: Body dysmorphic disorder refers to someone who is overly preoccupied with a particular part of their body and believes it is much uglier or misshapen than objectively is the case. That can occur at any weight. What can be difficult is distinguishing between distorted body image and distress with accurate body image. ...Read more
Eye of the beholder: To be diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder one must be preoccupied with an imagined defect in appearance. If a slight physical anomaly is present, the person's concern is markedly excessive. And, the preoccupation causes significant distress or impairment in important areas of functioning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doubt: I doubt that people "just want to get fat". That sounds strange. What would the motivation be and the beliefs behind the motivation. Yes, someone could eat that way on purpose - but that would be stranger than a binge eating disorder. I find most people with a binge eating disorder have manyproblems that we work with in psychotherapy. ...Read more
Yes: Bdd involves an unhealthy and excessive concern about body image and often preoccupation with a perceived physical defect. Others may see nothing wrong. These can be many physical features and not be related to being too fat or too skinny. When someone refuses to take in normal amounts of food and is overly concerned about weight specifically, that is an eating disorder and different than bdd. ...Read more
I have a fat face and skinny body. Is there a solution to be gain weight in body but not affecting face?
Without a more: Invasive procedure, your body will gain weight in a fashion that you can't readily control. Some medications may predispose a person to increased fat distribution in particular areas but not in the fashion you describe and you wouldn't use them for weight gaining purposes regardless. ...Read more
Can a person be genetically predisposed to develop a disorder of glutamate metabolism later in life? How could you test for this?
Could be: Work on your emotions.Get a more detailed answer ›
Talking: It sounds like you may have concerns about your teen. I would encourage you to talk to your teen in a variety of different settings to help see if this is one of their concerns. Sometimes parents can ask their teens if they know any of their friends experience such issues. Utilizing movies that display the behaviors may also be an effective way to talk and listen to your teen. ...Read more
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