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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

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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Is it possible to have body dysmorphic disorder and also be obese?

Absolutely: Body dysmorphic disorder refers to someone who is overly preoccupied with a particular part of their body and believes it is much uglier or misshapen than objectively is the case. That can occur at any weight. What can be difficult is distinguishing between distorted body image and distress with accurate body image. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

What are the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

Body Dysmorphic D/O: People w/body dysmorphic d/o are preoccupied with what they see as a flaw in their appearance. The flaw is minor or imagined, but the person feels it's shameful & ugly. There are frequent examinations of self in mirror or avoidance of mirrors altogether; comparing appearance with that of others; belief that others view them negatively; frequent cosmetic procedures w/little satisfaction, etc. ...Read more

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What worsens symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

What worsens symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

Anxiety: In general bdd is an adaptation to anxiety, a a very distressing adaptation. In consequence, situations that will normally increase anxiety (uncertainty about oneself, one's performance, future, etc.) will tend to increase the symptoms. Though bdd is tough to treat directly, measures that improve well-being and sense of self in general can greatly attenuate the symptoms. ...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