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How do you know if you have body dysmorphic disorder or really is just ugly?

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 more

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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


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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 ...... ...Read more

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Is it possible to have body dysmorphic disorder and be actually ugly?

Is it possible to have body dysmorphic disorder and be actually ugly?

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 more

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How do you know if you have body dysmorphic disorder?

Get good help: If you are having sx making you suspicious you should get an evaluation with an psychiatrist experienced with body dysmorphic disorder. ...Read more

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How to know if you have body dysmorphic disorder, and if you do have it, how to get rid of it?

How to know if you have body dysmorphic disorder, and if you do have it, how to get rid of it?

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

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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. ...Read more

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How often do you have body dysmorphic disorder and depression at the same time?

How often do you have body dysmorphic disorder and depression at the same time?

Most likely often: If u have that u need to see u physician for med management and to refer u to a therapist. ...Read more

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Can you have body dysmorphic disorder, without wanting to have plastic surgery?

Can you have body dysmorphic disorder, without wanting to have plastic surgery?

Yes: There are plenty of people who look in the mirror and see themselves as fat when they are medically underweight and malnourished. This is just one type of patient with body dysmorphic disorder. These people don't necessarily want plastic surgery. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more