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What are the best medicines for body dysmorphic disorder? I feel like I've tried it all but maybe I've missed something?

What are the best medicines for body dysmorphic disorder? I feel like I've tried it all but maybe I've missed something?

None.: There are not really any good medicines for body dysmorphic disorder. The best treatment is therapy (counseling), where you talk about things to help change how you think and feel about yourself. ...Read more

Dr. Evan Altman
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Definition)

A condition where one has unusually-shaped features, either from intrinsic abnormal development (malformation) or a normal form disrupted ...Read more


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What is body dysmorphic disorder?

What is body dysmorphic disorder?

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

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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 is body dysmorphic disorder treated?

How is body dysmorphic disorder treated?

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

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I think I may have body dysmorphic disorder?

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

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How to know if I have body dysmorphic disorder?

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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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 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 to do to get past body dysmorphic disorder?

What to do to get past body dysmorphic disorder?

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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How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder?

How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder?

You may not.: Rather than self diagnosing, if you have concerns, be evaluated by a psychiatrist experienced in this area. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to cure body dysmorphic disorder?

Is there anyway to cure body dysmorphic disorder?

"Cure": There is no "cure" per say, but there is certainly treatment for body dysmorphia. You may want to seek a therapist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders or specifically body dysmporphia... Cognitive behavioral therapy works well. Best wishes! ...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

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Body dysmorphic disorder is ruining my life. Help?

BDD: You should consult a psychiatrist or psychologist with experience treating body dysmorphic disorder for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have body dysmorphic disorder?

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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Can a fat person still have body dysmorphic disorder?

Yes: An obsession with a perceived flaw does not discriminate. ...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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Can you offer some help with body dysmorphic disorder?

You need to meet: With a therapist. It is something that cannot be done just via the internet. Find a psychologist who specializes in bdd and make an appointment. Let us know how it goes. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are all the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

What are all the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

Google complete list: Preoccupation w/ ur physical appearance, strong belief that u have an abnormality or defect in ur appearance that makes u ugly, frequent examination of urself in the mirror or avoidance of mirrors altogether, belief that others take special notice of ur appearance in a negative way, the need to seek reassurance about ur appearance from others, frequent cosmetic procedures with little satisfaction. ...Read more

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What makes body dysmorphic disorder hard to deal with?

Some disorders: Like body dysmorphic disorder involve such a persistent misperception of reality that they resist reassurance & contrary evidence. The preoccupation with an imagined or minor body defect is often related to poor self-esteem & excessive self-criticism. Repeated attempts to correct the "defect" rarely work. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective treatment. ...Read more

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How do you know if someone has body dysmorphic disorder?

How do you know if someone has body dysmorphic disorder?

Ask your doctor: It's best to run this by a professional who will evaluate whether the person is preoccupied with an imagined defect in appearance. The person might actually have a slight anomaly but the concern shown about it is way too excessive. In addition, people with this disorder are quite distressed by their preoccupation, or they have big impairments in functioning because of it. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

For starters:: Preoccupation with your physical appearance. Strong belief that you have an abnormality or defect in your appearance that makes you ugly. Frequent examination of yourself in the mirror or, conversely, avoidance of mirrors altogether. Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way. The need to seek reassurance about your appearance from others. ...Read more

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What is the actual defect with body dysmorphic disorder?

What is the actual defect with body dysmorphic disorder?

Unknown: There is no single cause or defect in a person who has body dysmorphic disorder; research shows that a number of factors may be involved and that they can occur in combination. Bdd can be associated with eating disorders, such as compulsive overeating, anorexia nervosa or bulimia, or it can be more of a phobia, associated instead with social phobia or social anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Body dysmorphic disorder includes what sort of behaviors?

Examples below:: Preoccupation with your physical appearance. Strong belief that you have an abnormality or defect in your appearance that makes you ugly. Frequent examination of yourself in the mirror or, conversely, avoidance of mirrors altogether. Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way. The need to seek reassurance about your appearance from others. Excessive grooming. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having body dysmorphic disorder?

What are the symptoms of having body dysmorphic disorder?

BDD: In body dysmorphic disorder, u would be overly concerned with body image & become preoccupied with a perceived defect of your physical features. This causes distress or impairs your social functioning. This causes u to become isolative, anxious & depressed. ...Read more

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How can I help friend with bdd (body dysmorphic disorder)?

Emotional support: Provide emotional support without over accommodation or enabling. Read the broken mirror by phillips as excellent resource. Support professional therapy. Be a friend and try to not let the disorder encroach on other spheres of life. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat body dysmorphic disorder?

Imagined ugliness: Cognitive behavior therapy, ssri (certain type of antidepressant), psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and exposure therapy. ...Read more

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About how many young people have body dysmorphic disorder?

Relatively low: It depends a bit on where you choose to call something a disorder, since nearly all of us have some body part or other that we dislike perhaps more than is warranted. However, surveys done in community samples suggest that the prevalence is roughly 1%. ...Read more

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How can I help my sister with her body dysmorphic disorder?

How can I help my sister with her body dysmorphic disorder?

Support: Tough but hang in there. Body dysmorphic disorder is an illness and require treatment. This is tough as you do not want your loved one to go to doctors and get unnecessary surgeries. I think that a professional will also have to be involved cannot go this alone. Needs therapy and medications possibly. ...Read more

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How to figure out if I have bdd (body dysmorphic disorder)?

How to figure out if I have bdd (body dysmorphic disorder)?

You need to meet: With a therapist. It is something that cannot be done just via the internet. It is a matter of degree of negative feelings about your body. Find a psychologist who specializes in bdd and make an appointment. Let us know how it goes. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to know if I have some form of body dysmorphic disorder?

How to know if I have some form of body dysmorphic disorder?

Get an evaluation: Call a psychologist or other mental health professional and have an evaluation. They can help you determine whether you have a body dysmorphic disorder. ...Read more

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I think I have body dysmorphic disorder. How do I get tested?

I think I have body dysmorphic disorder. How do I get tested?

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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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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Body dysmorphic disorder--is there an actual deviation there?

Yes: Shame and embarrassment about one's appearance may keep people from seeking treatment for this disorder. But if someone has any signs or symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder, see your doctor, mental health provider or other health professional. Body dysmorphic disorder usually doesn't get better on its own, and if untreated, it may get worse over time and lead to suicidal thoughts and behavior. ...Read more

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Can you still have body dysmorphic disorder bdd if you eat ok?

Can you still have body dysmorphic disorder bdd if you eat ok?

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

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I need help! How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder?

I need help! How do I know if I have body dysmorphic disorder?

If you suspect you: Have body dysmorphic disorder please see a mental health professional for a proper diagnosis. After that he/she can treat you. Peace and good health. Your doc may have referrals. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have body dysmorphic disorder bdd if you eat?

Yes: Body dysmorphic disorder can still be present despite eating. ...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