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Doctor insights on: Obesity And Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Can a fat person still have body dysmorphic disorder?

Can a fat person still have body dysmorphic disorder?

Yes: An obsession with a perceived flaw does not discriminate.

Dr. Evan Altman
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Definition)

A condition where one has unusually-shaped features, either from intrinsic abnormal development (malformation) or a normal form disrupted ...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.

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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.

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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. .....

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How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder or am I just fat?

How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder or am I just fat?

Weight tables: You can compare yourself to insurance weight tables. Http://www. Halls. Md/ideal-weight/met. Htm do note that it has more recently been shown that a weight that is 10% over the insurance weight tables is more healthy as you have some reserves in case of serious illness that interrupts nutrition. If in doubt, see your physician who can do a better assessment.

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How can you tell if you're skinny or fat if you have body dysmorphic disorder?

How can you tell if you're skinny or fat if you have body dysmorphic disorder?

BMI: Probably the best resource for comparing your perceptions of your weight to "reality" is the body mass index calculation. There are several sites on the web where you can put in your weight, height, etcetera and get a value for your bmi which allows you to compare yourself to others. If you are very worried about your weight and it is close to the normal range, you might have a body image problem.

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Can a person have body dysmorphic disorder and see things that are not there?

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.

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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.

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Could a person who wants a nose job always have body dysmorphic disorder?

No: Not always. Most people who desire rhinoplasty do not have bdd. It is important to determine those patients who do have this, as they are unlikely to be satisfied with any cosmetic surgery.

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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.

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How to remove body dysmorphic disorder?

How to remove body dysmorphic disorder?

Body dysmorphic: Disorder is excessive concern & preoccupation with a perceived body defect. Focus on your ability to do things & be active rather than your appearance. It can be difficult to change a rigid & fixed belief, so talk to a mental health professional to help change your inaccurate perceptions & thoughts.

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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.

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I think I may have body dysmorphic disorder?

I think I may have body dysmorphic disorder?

What makes you think: That you have this? What do you think is distorted in your view of your physical self? Is it about weight or a particular feature? All of these questions can help you figure it out. Talking with someone is the first step. If you are thinking about any sort of cosmetic surgery, I would postpone it until you have a better handle on this.

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How to know if I have body dysmorphic disorder?

Body dysmorphic: Disorder is something your doc can diagnose. It is typically expressed in extreme displeasure w/an aspect of the physical body that is ok or slightly disproportionate. Some people go to extremes with surgery and suffer greatly over this. It is an obsessive disorder and treatable by a mental health professional. Loving what you have is something a professional can help you to do.

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How to tell if this is body dysmorphic disorder?

How to tell if this is body dysmorphic disorder?

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).

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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.

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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.

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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!