BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER HELPLINE : 94440 35171
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Chennai – 600031,
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Chennai – 600096,
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Bengaluru – 560038.
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Most us have something or the other that we don’t like about our appearance… could be a crooked nose, an uneven smile, or eyes that are too large or too small. And though we do on and off fret about our imperfections, they don’t really interfere with our daily lives.
But people who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) think about their real or perceived flaws for hours each day.
They can’t control their negative thoughts and don’t believe people who compliment them. Their thoughts may cause severe emotional distress and interfere with daily functioning. They might miss work or school, avoid social situations and isolate themselves, even from family and friends, because they fear others will notice their flaws. They may even undergo repeated plastic surgeries to correct perceived imperfections, never finding satisfaction with the results.
Characteristics of BDD
BDD is a body-image disorder characterized by intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance.
People with BDD can dislike any part of their body, although they often find fault with their hair, skin, nose, chest, or stomach. In reality, a perceived defect may be only a slight imperfection or nonexistent. But for someone with BDD, the flaw is significant and prominent, often causing severe emotional distress and difficulties in daily functioning.
People with BDD suffer from obsessions about their appearance that can last for hours or up to an entire day. Hard to resist or control, these obsessions make it difficult for people with BDD to focus on anything but their imperfections. This can lead to low self-esteem, avoidance of social situations, and problems at work or school.
People with severe BDD may avoid leaving their homes altogether and may even have thoughts of suicide or make a suicide attempt.
BDD sufferers may perform some type of compulsive or repetitive behavior to try to hide or improve their flaws although these behaviors usually give only temporary relief. Examples are listed below:
# camouflaging (with body position, clothing, makeup, hair, hats, etc.)
# comparing body part to others’ appearance
# seeking surgery
# checking in a mirror
# avoiding mirrors
# skin picking
# excessive grooming
# excessive exercise
# changing clothes excessively
Treatment is tailored to each patient so it is important to talk with a doctor to determine the best individual approach. Many doctors recommend using a combination of treatments for best results.