Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a condition in which an individual has an extreme anxiety about physical flaws which may be minor for others. It can cause emotional distress to the extent that someone starts avoiding relationships and social situations. Disorder is among the most understudied, under-recognized, and underreported ones and affects health and social functioning of person. It is essential to advocate for awareness in the community about BDD.
Disorder should be taken seriously, and it has different effects among patients. Adolescents and young women suffer most from this disorder because of society's beauty pressures that cause them to spend thousands of dollars on relevant products and spas. When anyone suffering from BDD has suicidal thoughts, prompt action should be taken. At home and social support helps to relieve oneself from the concerns of extra weight gained after pregnancy and focus on life pleasures.
Often teenagers feel terrible about going out with peers to avoid comparison with others. Comparing your appearance with others, having someone who constantly criticizes you in life, may interfere with daily activities. Debates surrounding issues of beauty often cause people to become over-conscious of their looks. Places, people who cause critical thinking and negative evaluation of your personality characteristics, such as skin, hair or face, should be avoided. To BDD sufferers, making personal relationships and social interactions can be difficult.
Instead of criticizing women with BDD as self-obsessed, they should accept their feelings, because it is difficult to cope with them. It is difficult to admit that recognition of these feelings is highly important and serves as a cure, finding someone willing to listen and approachable to requesting assistance. Exposing patients to their anxiety helps in many ways, and it can be made routine for patients to look at themselves and go to public places without feeling uncomfortable or anxious with their appearances. Many people struggle with this condition because of lack of therapy-based access and evidence-based care.
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An action plan should be built for parts of body that cause shame, it is equally important to be thankful for the parts of the body that you feel grateful and stop being excessively negative. There is no perfect body and one should resist the need to have a perfect body. It is recommended that you stop taking photos until you know that you are in a position to cope with the insecurity linked to your looks.
The key to a happy and successful life is self-esteem. Hormonal imbalance during puberty also causes the desire to look at yourself in the mirror repeatedly. Imperfect obsessions sometimes trigger life-threatening eating disorders. Imperfections which for the most part are minimal make them feel obsessed. Person experiences constant tiredness, loses faith and displays nihilistic actions when intruded by intrusive body image-related thoughts.
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