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Is body dysmorphia genetic?

Is body dysmorphia genetic?

No simple answer: There is no simple gene transmission in this disorder it's rather multifactorial. But some personality traits are inherited that predispose a person to it. There usually is a family history of somatoform disorder like hypochondriasis or OCD like illness or one or other anxiety disorder. Environment and family expectations play role too. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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My body dysmorphia is destroying me. Help, what to do?

My body dysmorphia is destroying me. Help, what to do?

Consider cognitive: Behavioral therapy to address your distorted views about your body. Take care. ...Read more

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What to do if my body dysmorphia is destroying me. Help?

See a therapist!: You should see a therapist asap. Love yourself for who you are, b/c you are wonderful, vibrant ; beautiful no matter what you look like. People have survived horrific injuries to their face ; body and overcome them. Some people are born w/ physical deformities and have overcome them. You can, too. Inner beauty ; character is more important ; you were created as a special ; unique person. ...Read more

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Is borderline personality disorder associated with body dysmorphia?

Is borderline personality disorder associated with body dysmorphia?

Yes: But "yes" or "no" is too simple of an explanation. Bpd can result in a distortion of one's view of reality -- including body image. But the key word is "can." it does not, and often will not, cause such a distortion. ...Read more

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What kind of non-medical treatments are commonly used for body dysmorphia?

Cbt, energy work: Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most common, talking therapy or counseling in many forms can be helpful depending on the specific details. There are many forms of energy work that i would think worth trying. ...Read more

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I think I have body dysmorphia..My doctor just wants to put me on.Medication is there anything else that could help.Me ?

I think I have body dysmorphia..My doctor just wants to put me on.Medication is there anything else that could help.Me ?

Body Dysmorphia: Consult with a mental health professional who specializes in treating your difficulty before you consider medication. Your views of your body are learned, often people with this difficulty are focusing on their appearance as a way to try to lessen insecurity about your worth. Psychotherapy can help you to unlearn the conditioned response you have developed toward yourself. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is disassociation dysmorphia?

What is disassociation dysmorphia?

Complex issues: Dissociative dysmorphia is when a person has a psychological disconnect to the body, usually due to trauma, and is often commonly found in women with eating disorders. For example, they may feel obese and disconnected to their bodies and sexuality when they are victims of abuse. This is more complex than this forum allows. Seek the help of a psychologist or psychiatrist in this case. ...Read more

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Why do I see so many diff versions of myself in the mirror a day? Like 10. I look diff each time. BODY DYSMORPHIA?

Why do I see so many diff versions of myself in the mirror a day? Like 10. I look diff each time. BODY DYSMORPHIA?

Body dysmorphia: We don't know enough about you to offer you a diagnosis. I strongly recommend you consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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How can you control body dysmorphia? I feel like I have it and I have done work but still not happy is this a mental issue?

How can you control body dysmorphia? I feel like I have it and I have done work but still not happy is this a mental issue?

A good description : of Body Dysmorphic Disorder is on http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/related-illnesses/other-related-conditions/body-dysmorphic-disorder-bdd. The checklist is not a substitute for evaluations & treatment by a psychiatrist & psychologist. A mental health disorder, BDD has underlying genetic & environmental factors. If symptoms harmfully impact your daily functioning, please seek help. ...Read more