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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

 

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder involves a preoccupation with perceived flaws or defects in an individual’s physical appearance are not observable or are very minor. A person with body dysmorphic disorder is extremely body conscious their behaviour may involve repeatedly checking in the mirror, excessive grooming, skin picking all reassurances seeking in order to feel comfort regarding their appearance concerns.

People who have body dysmorphic disorder tend to have low self-esteem as well. Some people become obsessive about cosmetic surgery and are unable to distinguish when their behaviour becomes unhealthy. They never feel at ease in their own bodies and find it difficult to accept themselves.

Body dysmorphic disorder can limits those suffering from it when it comes to finding a partner as they tend to overestimate the importance of their appearance in social acceptance. At the same time they often underestimate their positive attributes. Any negative characteristics are magnified.

Cognitive behavioural therapy works really well when it comes to treating body dysmorphic disorder. CBT helps to challenge faulty assumptions and replace negative thoughts with more healthy thinking. Body dysmorphic disorder is quite common and seems to be a growing phenomenon.

Do not become disheartened – there is always hope. Seek professional help if the problem persists.

Mandy X



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