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Learn how therapy can help you transform your relationship with your body, empower you to overcome negative self-image, and embrace a healthier, more positive outlook on life.
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What is BBD?

Firstly it is important for us to dispel any misconceptions there are about what Body Dysmorphic Disorder is. Often people confuse BDD with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – and yes although there are similarities (obsessive thoughts), OCD deals with more than just obsessive thoughts about physical appearance. Similarly eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia are often confused with BDD; however, BDD sufferers are concerned with more than just their weight. Still, the bulk of these myths centers on the belief that the sufferer is vain.

BDD is not a condition where the individual is obsessed with how beautiful they are but rather it is a mental health condition related to how the sufferer perceives his or her appearance. Why are the two of these different? Well, mainly because the individual suffering from BDD will have a completely distorted perception about a real or imagined flaw in their appearance and it is this disordered way of thinking that creates their irrational beliefs. The irrational beliefs the individual has about their appearance then lead to an excessive obsession with the body part(s) involved. These may include obsessive thoughts and/or rituals that cause the sufferer significant distress and often disrupt daily functioning. The sufferer perceives their physical appearance as hideous or disgusting; however, it is important to remember that their idea of the ‘perfect’ image is often not that far from their own image.

What is BBD?

Firstly it is important for us to dispel any misconceptions there are about what Body Dysmorphic Disorder is. Often people confuse BDD with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – and yes although there are similarities (obsessive thoughts), OCD deals with more than just obsessive thoughts about physical appearance. Similarly eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia are often confused with BDD; however, BDD sufferers are concerned with more than just their weight. Still, the bulk of these myths centers on the belief that the sufferer is vain.

BDD is not a condition where the individual is obsessed with how beautiful they are but rather it is a mental health condition related to how the sufferer perceives his or her appearance. Why are the two of these different? Well, mainly because the individual suffering from BDD will have a completely distorted perception about a real or imagined flaw in their appearance and it is this disordered way of thinking that creates their irrational beliefs. The irrational beliefs the individual has about their appearance then lead to an excessive obsession with the body part(s) involved. These may include obsessive thoughts and/or rituals that cause the sufferer significant distress and often disrupt daily functioning. The sufferer perceives their physical appearance as hideous or disgusting; however, it is important to remember that their idea of the ‘perfect’ image is often not that far from their own image.

Symptoms

Body Dysmorphic Disorder can affect all aspects of the sufferers’ lives and this can often mean the individual is unable to find employment or struggles to keep any job they do get. It can also affect the sufferer’s relationships and can leave them with feelings of shame, guilt, and loneliness.

Common Physical Symptoms Include:

- A dry mouth.
- Hot flushes.
- Cold or sweaty hands.
- Heart palpitations or shortness of breath.
- Feelings of panic, fear, and apprehension.
- Having trouble sleeping.
- Tense muscles.
- Having a reoccurring upset stomach.

Common Behavioral Symptoms Include:

- Feel that their face lacks symmetry or their body shape is out of proportion.
- Going to excessive lengths to hide or cover up the area(s) of their body that they feel is disgusting.
- Constantly checking themselves in the mirror or in any other reflective surfaces and if they are unable to check will have several repetitive thoughts about the area.
- Feeling trapped when looking in the mirror and spending prolonged amounts of time in front of it; unable to move. Or equally, avoiding the mirror altogether.
- Talking negatively about their area of unhappiness whilst in social situations to seek reassurance.
- Comparing themselves with models, celebrities, friends, or even strangers.
- Trying desperately to avoid bright lights, having their photos taken and people seeing them from certain angles.
- Seek surgery to correct the area of their concern, despite the professionals involved informing them that nothing needs to be ‘corrected’.

So, What Causes BDD?

There is no single cause for Body Dysmorphic Disorder, rather there is a combination of biological and psychological theories.

BIOLOGICAL THEORY:

- It is a genetic inheritance.
- It is caused by a chemical imbalance (of serotonin) in the brain.

PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORY:

- It is mostly common in those with a history of depression, social phobia, abuse, or low self-esteem.
- Large amounts of stress can cause BDD to develop.

What Treatment is AVAILABLE

Firstly, it is important to have a psychological assessment by a psychologist or psychiatrist. If you are diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, then there are different options available to you depending on the individual. Antidepressant medication can be prescribed, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Psychotherapy. Both of these are ‘talking therapies’ and involve being taught how to channel negative feelings and thoughts and replace them with positive ones. Along with talking therapies, you may be asked to have Behavioral Therapy which includes carrying out a number of tasks set with the aim of reducing the number of negative actions you do, on a daily basis.

If untreated, those with BDD can go on to suffer from depression, self-harm, and even substance abuse. But remember, at least 1-5 percent of the population is affected by BDD – so if you are diagnosed with it you are most definitely not alone.

Do you feel you may have Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Then, call us at Meeting Matters on 0321 5040002, 051- 2609277 to arrange an appointment with an expert who will be able to help.
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