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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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What are treatments for body dysmorphic disorder?

What are treatments for body dysmorphic disorder?

Involved: Treatment is very involved and usually requires mult-disiplinary teams dealing with the physical, emotional, psycho-social aspects of the disorder. Start with an lpc and follow advice, lpc will probably recommend pscychological testing and referall to psychiatry and other healthcare professions dependent upon how much it is affecting quality of life. ...Read more

Dr. Evan Altman
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Definition)

"Dysmorphic" is a term coined by David W. Smith, who freed parents from having their children labeled "FLK", a pejorative descriptive meaning "funny-looking kid". Anything dysmorphic has unusually-shaped features, either from intrinsic abnormal development (malformation) or a normal form disrupted by physical force (deformation). BDD is in the mind of the ...Read more


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What to do to get past body dysmorphic disorder?

What to do to get past body dysmorphic disorder?

Therapy & practice: If you are preoccupied with a defect in your appearance (imagined or slight), and this causes impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning, you can get past it with psychotherapy (cognitive-behavioral therapy). Please call a psychologist or psychiatrist to make an appointment. Practicing new ways of thinking will help you to stop upsetting yourself. ...Read more

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What makes body dysmorphic disorder hard to deal with?

What makes body dysmorphic disorder hard to deal with?

Some disorders: Like body dysmorphic disorder involve such a persistent misperception of reality that they resist reassurance & contrary evidence. The preoccupation with an imagined or minor body defect is often related to poor self-esteem & excessive self-criticism. Repeated attempts to correct the "defect" rarely work. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective treatment. ...Read more

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What is the actual defect with body dysmorphic disorder ?

What is the actual defect with body dysmorphic disorder ?

Unknown: There is no single cause or defect in a person who has body dysmorphic disorder; research shows that a number of factors may be involved and that they can occur in combination. Bdd can be associated with eating disorders, such as compulsive overeating, anorexia nervosa or bulimia, or it can be more of a phobia, associated instead with social phobia or social anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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How to know if I have some form of body dysmorphic disorder?

How to know if I have some form of body dysmorphic disorder?

Get an evaluation: Call a psychologist or other mental health professional and have an evaluation. They can help you determine whether you have a body dysmorphic disorder. ...Read more

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I think I have body dysmorphic disorder. How do I get tested?

I think I have body dysmorphic disorder. How do I get tested?

Excessive concern: If you are preoccupied with a defect in your appearance (imagined or slight), and this causes impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning, you might be diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder. That is, unless your preoccupation is better explained by another mental disorder. Make an appointment with a mental health professional (e.g., psychiatrist or psychologist). ...Read more

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Do I have body dysmorphic disorder or am I just fat and ugly?

Do I have body dysmorphic disorder or am I just fat and ugly?

BDD vs really fat: Bdd; not satisfied with your body no matter how you look, even if everyone tell the person is really beautiful, that person still feels miserable. But if someone is really really overweight-obese and has bdd, then ...... ...Read more

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Can you still have body dysmorphic disorder bdd if you eat ok?

Can you still have body dysmorphic disorder bdd if you eat ok?

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