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Obesity And Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Yes: An obsession with a perceived flaw does not discriminate. ...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
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
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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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