Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Signs, Triggers and Remedies

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Posted on : Dec 22, 2014

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How does BDD begin?
BDD affects men and women equally. It usually begins during the teen years or early adulthood. The most common concerns of a BDD patient are his/her skin imperfections, hair, facial features, body weight, body shape and even body odour.

 

What are the signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

  • Recurring and distressing thoughts, fear/ seeing images (hallucinations) that they cannot control
  • Feeling anxious when around people
  • Performing certain rituals or routines (compulsions) such as looking in a mirror, picking at the skin, and trying to hide or cover up the perceived defect
  • Constantly looking for reassurance that the defect is not visible or too obvious
  • Affects life at work, or in relationships due to the inability to stop obsessing about the perceived defect

 

What triggers Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

  • Traumatic events or an emotional conflict during childhood
  • Parents and peers who were critical of a person’s appearance
  • Low self-esteem

People with BDD need medical and social support. A person with BDD should be shown the “real picture” and taught to respect himself/ herself for what he/she is. A Psychiatrist can help manage the problem medically, which otherwise can worsen to an extent that the patient loses self confidence, completely.

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