Are you spending most of your time in front of the mirror? Are you obsessed about your appearance? Any abnormality about the appearance is called as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
BDD is a psychological disorder that makes you obsessive regarding the look, indeed you rue on a predictable defect in your appearance which makes you appear ugly and dreadful.
People with body dysmorphic disorder have a negative feeling about their look. It keeps them away from leading a normal lifestyle.
Similar to other psychological disorders, BDD can also be treated by combination of medications and counseling.
Medications and conversation are the best methods of inquiring and they help you to emerge with the reasons behind the firm belief that you have about your look.
Signs and symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD):
- Frequently checking in a mirror and also in a glass door or window
- Touching the face constantly and picking the skin to level it
- Seeking reassurance continuously about the look from the people around
- Sometimes the patient fails to gaze his/her own image in glasses and mirrors
- Most of the affected people don’t want to socialize. There is clear withdrawal symptom in most of them and they also feel miserable most of the times
- Mania with corrective methods like plastic surgery
- Comparing one’s look with others appearances
- Using hands to hide the defects and flaws
- Wanting to carry accessories like masks and keeping hands to cover the flaws
- Undergoing elaborate grooming session; visiting the saloons and the beauty spas more than usual.
- Anxiety to proceed and perform the surgical procedures on oneself such as liposuction, plastic surgery, etc.
Causes of Body dysmorphic disorder:
Most of the causes of body dysmorphic disorder are not related to the physical condition, they are psychological. These psychological conditions are disturbed due to some reasons. They include:
- Anxiety disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Eating disorder
- Chemical imbalances in the brain
- Cultural aspects
These factors create an anterior complex in you, like if you hail from a race that contain dark community and come to a race where there is fair community, a complex may arise.
If you feel that you are too fat or too thin, then an eating disorder can develop. The main areas of concerns include: skin, hair, nose, legs, thighs, teeth, chins, breasts, fingers, eyebrows, and genitals.
In order to treat BDD, doctors prescribe antidepressants to suppress the condition. Curative therapy is also beneficial that can remove all those negative feelings in you.
It changes your way of thinking. You will learn about how to check your thoughts and how to control or guide them towards positive direction.