Body Dysmorphic Disorder Symptoms
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Body dysmorphic disorder symptoms can be split into three groups: BDD Psychological Symptoms, BDD Emotional Symptoms and BDD Physical / Behavioural Symptoms. In this short video we identify the most common symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder. Although this information should be enough for you to make a reasonable personal judgement as to whether or not you have BDD, it is not intended to replace formal medical diagnosis.
Perhaps the strongest psychological symptom of BDD is that of obsessive thought processes. The sufferer is often bombarded with unwanted intrusive thoughts with regard to their perceived body part. These thoughts rapidly become cyclic and are an essential part of the BDD self-perpetuating process. Rumination and speculation, rather than leading to respite – tend to expand the range and frequency of the obsessive thoughts. Thus trying to ‘think your way out of BDD’ tends to get you in even deeper.
The emotional symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder can include but are not limited to: anxiety, dissatisfaction, self-loathing, insecurity, fear, depression, nervousness and restlessness. Interestingly, although many BDD sufferers like to argue to the contrary – all of the emotional symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder are generated as by-products of thought process. Thus it is not the actual body part which makes the BDD sufferer ‘feel bad’. Rather, it is the THINKING about the body part that generates the feelings and emotional distress.
Physical and behavioural BDD symptoms include: Checking, touching, prodding, picking and scrutinising the body part. Excessive grooming. Checking of the reflection in mirrors and other reflective surfaces. Concealment behaviours using makeup, clothing, posture or the environment to conceal the body part from others.
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