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How Do You Know If You Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder Or Really Is Just Ugly
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
"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
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
Distortion: Body dysmorphic disorder is basically a disorder associated with a distortion in how you view your body, or a part of your body. Generally you become preoccupied with some perceived flaw... It is hard to think about anything else, and your perception of the flaw is more extreme than other people's views. Cognitive therapy can be really helpful. Sometimes medications may be added. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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