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Body Dysmorphia

Body Dysmorphia

Sometimes what you see is what you get.  When I look in the mirror, I sometimes still see the very heavy woman that I was formerly.  Body dysmorphia is a very real condition that can overtake your life if not treated.  This is a mental disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance – a flaw that, to others, is either minor or not observable.  Some of the signs and symptoms of body dysmorphia are:

  • Being extremely preoccupied with a perceived flaw in appearance that to others can’t be seen or appears minor
  • Strong belief that you have a defect in your appearance that makes you ugly or deformed
  • Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way or mock you
  • Constantly comparing your appearance with others

Treatment of body dysmorphic disorder may include cognitive behavioral therapy and medication.  Signs and symptoms include being extremely preoccupied with a perceived flaw in appearance that to others can’t be seen or appears minor.  Considering see a professional when shame and embarrassment becoming overwhelming and overtaking you.  Body dysmorphia does not get better on its own so seeing help from a professional is in your best interest.

Remember most people who are not seeking professional help probably should be.  We are all a bit broken in some way or another.  More information can be found at http://www.mayoclinic.org

 

 

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