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Is body dysmorphia genetic?

Is body dysmorphia genetic?

Good question.: Certain inherited conditions may predispose to body dysmorphism, but inheriting them doesn't ascertain the inheritance of that particular symptom. Body dysmorphism is a symptom rather than a sign of a disease. ...Read more

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Definition)

A mental disorder in which a person can't stop thinking about perceived flaws in his or her appearance—flaws that to others, are either ...Read more


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What is body dysmorphic disorder?

What is body dysmorphic disorder?

Psychiatric Illness: Body dysmorphic disorder is a psychiatric illness in the "somatoform disorder" category. People with this disorder become preoccupied with a real or perceived minor physical defect and go to extensive lengths to hide or change it. They often seek out plastic surgery and are typically unhappy with the results. Worrying about their perceived defect significantly interferes with daily functioning. ...Read more

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Is body dysmorphic disorder associated with ocd?

Is body dysmorphic disorder associated with ocd?

Not Normally: Not normally, these are two different issues. Both a treatable. ...Read more

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Is borderline personality disorder associated with body dysmorphia?

Is borderline personality disorder associated with body dysmorphia?

Yes: But "yes" or "no" is too simple of an explanation. Bpd can result in a distortion of one's view of reality -- including body image. But the key word is "can." it does not, and often will not, cause such a distortion. ...Read more

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How is body dysmorphic disorder treated?

How is body dysmorphic disorder treated?

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy can help to address the cognitive distortions often associated with body dystrophic disorder. Depending on the severity of symptoms present, medications may be used, but the true resolution will come from change in the dysmorphic thinking and greater acceptance of the self. This change is best achieved in psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Body dysmorphic disorder includes what sort of behaviors?

Body dysmorphic disorder includes what sort of behaviors?

Examples below:: Preoccupation with your physical appearance. Strong belief that you have an abnormality or defect in your appearance that makes you ugly. Frequent examination of yourself in the mirror or, conversely, avoidance of mirrors altogether. Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way. The need to seek reassurance about your appearance from others. Excessive grooming. ...Read more

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Body dysmorphic disorder is ruining my life. Help?

BDD: You should consult a psychiatrist or psychologist with experience treating body dysmorphic disorder for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can body dysmorphic disorder turn into an eating disorder?

Can body dysmorphic disorder turn into an eating disorder?

Yes: Yes, when the body dysmorphic concern is somehow related to weight or body shape and with time eating disorder takes on it's own life. ...Read more

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Explain the condition called body dysmorphic disorder.?

Very poor body image: Bdd is a condition in which a person becomes fixated on one or more body parts as being "defective" or "imperfect" to the point that it interferes with the ability to function in other parts of life. It's an extreme of what many of us may feel--nose too large, penis or breast too small, face to ugly--that can lead to depression, anxiety, and even self-injury trying "fix" the problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overcome body dysmorphic disorder (bdd)?

Counseling: Body dysmorphic disorder means that you have trouble accepting the way that your body truly appears. This can lead to dangerous eating and behavior patterns that can cause great harm to your body. You need to seek out an experienced psychotherapist who has had success with this disorder. Don't give up! ...Read more

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Delusions of grandeur linked to mental disorder in my boss?

Delusions of grandeur linked to mental disorder in my boss?

Hard to comment: I am not sure what you're asking. If you wonder whether delusions of grandeur can be linked to a mental disorder, the answer is yes. If you wonder whether your boss specifically is having these, only s/he and his/her psychiatrist know for sure. ...Read more

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Is obsessive christmas disorder related to obsessive-compulsive disorder?

No such thing: There is no such thing as obsessive Christmas disorder mentioned in the DSM. That being said, there are people who take the Christmas spirit and go over the top with it, if you will, but this is not officially diagnosable. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder recognizable in one's eeg?

Help please! is bipolar disorder recognizable in one's eeg?

Possibly, not surely: One small study has shown that bipolar patients -- even when not in a mood episode -- have decreased Alpha activity in their eeg's. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc3253163/ they were also free of medications for at least 2 weeks for the study. The authors feel this may differentiate bipolar from schizophrenia eeg's. It doesn't seem diagnostically definitive on its own, though. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder the same as bipolar spectrum disorder?

Help please! is bipolar disorder the same as bipolar spectrum disorder?

Yes and no: Bipolar spectrum disorder is a term used by some psychiatrists to describe a range of severity of bipolar disorder that is possible and seen clinically. However, it is not an accepted diagnostic term for use in medical records. ...Read more

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Help please! is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Help please! is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Antisocial: Yes, it is. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson. ...Read more

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Can a fmorbidly obese person have body dysmorphic disorder?

Can a fmorbidly obese person have body dysmorphic disorder?

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

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Help please! is being obsessive connected to a personality disorder?

Help please! is being obsessive connected to a personality disorder?

Ocpd: That depends on what kind of obsessive thoughts or compulsive rituals you are having that are bothering u the most. Refer to my response on definition of Obsessive Compulsive Personality. ...Read more

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Is most of our prison population guys with antisocial personality disorder?

Is most of our prison population guys with antisocial personality disorder?

No: Most are of limited intelligence, easily swayed by their confreres to engage in illegal activity. Many are victims of outrageous anti-drug laws which in fact promote the use of drugs rather than helping the victims. A few are there by accident. A small group indeed are sociopaths, with no consciences however these folks are frequently very intelligent and avoid capture. ...Read more

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Help please? What is body dysmorphic condition?

Help please? What is body dysmorphic condition?

Body Dysmorphic D/O: Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health condition in which a person obsesses over what they perceive to be a bodily flaw. The flaw may be real but minor or just imagined. It cause the person distress. ...Read more