What Is Body Dysmorphia?
Body Dysmorphia is a type of mental illness involving an obsessive focus on perceived flaws in appearance. In other words, it means a person will focus on something that may be negative regarding how they look, even if others aren’t actually able to see it. The most common perceived flaw with Body Dysmorphia is a person’s weight.
Body Dysmorphia more common in females than in males, but that doesn’t mean that males cannot develop this type of mental illness. There are more than 200,000 cases diagnosed each year, and there are even more case’s that go undiagnosed. This is what is know as a chronic condition and can last anywhere from a few years to a lifetime. It affects about 1 in 50 people.
- Comparing body parts with others
- Wanting / Seeking Surgery
- Feeling the need to constantly look at self in reflections and mirrors
- Avoiding mirrors
- Skin picking
- Excessive dieting
- Excessive exercise
- Changing clothing excessively
- Camouflaging (changing positions, hats, baggy clothing, makeup, etc…)
Treatmeant for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) – the full name for Body Dysmorphia – is therapy.
What It’s Like To Have Body Dysmorphia
With BDD, you may look feel and think that you’re the fattest person in the room, even if you are literally the smallest. | You may feel like nothing ever looks right on your because you feel too big to be comfortable and look okay, so you change into every outfit you own before going out with friends, to special occasions, or even to work but find yourself in a t-shirt and sweatpants anyway | You pick at blemishes on your face that no one else seems to notice and you think, “How can they not see this?” | You go out with friends and deep inside you know you’re the ugliest one there because you look around and see how everyone else looks so great compared to you.
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