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Do I Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder Or Am I Just Fat And Ugly
"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
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. ...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
Preoccupation : I think it has more to do with how a person can become preoccupied or obsessed with their appearance. For some, the feelings of being ugly is all encompassing and a person may waste hours a day worrying about their how they look or some imperfection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: An obsession with a perceived flaw does not discriminate. ...Read more
Eye of the beholder: To be diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder one must be preoccupied with an imagined defect in appearance. If a slight physical anomaly is present, the person's concern is markedly excessive. And, the preoccupation causes significant distress or impairment in important areas of functioning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Body dysmorphic dis.: People with bdd think that some part of their anatomy is grossly distorted to the point that they fear being seen due to feeling hideous. Read the excellent article at: www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/body-dysmorphic-disorder/ds00559 if after that you feel it describes you, then see a psychiatrist and a psychologist for treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more
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