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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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I think I may have body dysmorphic disorder?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can a fat person still have body dysmorphic disorder?

Yes: An obsession with a perceived flaw does not discriminate.

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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.

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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!

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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.