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Do I have body dysmorphic disorder or just fat?

Do I have body dysmorphic disorder or just fat?

Body dysmorphic: Disorder is a very subjective experience. You perceive a part of your anatomy as ugly or unacceptable but others do not. Being clearly overweight is more objective. You can see it on the scale, not just your opinion. Please see a mental health professional to help you further with this question. Peace and good health. ...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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How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder?

How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder?

You may not.: Rather than self diagnosing, if you have concerns, be evaluated by a psychiatrist experienced in this area. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to cure body dysmorphic disorder?

Is there anyway to cure body dysmorphic disorder?

"Cure" : There is no "cure" per say, but there is certainly treatment for body dysmorphia. You may want to seek a therapist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders or specifically body dysmporphia... Cognitive behavioral therapy works well. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Body dysmorphic disorder is ruining my life. Help?

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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How do you know if you have body dysmorphic disorder?

Get good help: If you are having sx making you suspicious you should get an evaluation with an psychiatrist experienced with body dysmorphic disorder. ...Read more

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How do you know if someone has body dysmorphic disorder?

How do you know if someone has body dysmorphic disorder?

Ask your doctor: It's best to run this by a professional who will evaluate whether the person is preoccupied with an imagined defect in appearance. The person might actually have a slight anomaly but the concern shown about it is way too excessive. In addition, people with this disorder are quite distressed by their preoccupation, or they have big impairments in functioning because of it. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

What are the early symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

For starters:: 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. ...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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What are different ways to treat body dysmorphic disorder?

Imagined ugliness: Cognitive behavior therapy, ssri (certain type of antidepressant), psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and exposure therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...Read more