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    Bdd help in the greater Seattle area (or wa state?)

    Hi, I’m 36 and I have been diagnosed with bdd since my early 20s. It’s never really gotten better but rather moved on to different parts of my face that I don’t like. I really need to find a counselor that specializes in this or that will help me with CBT (there are a couple of books that Katherine Phillips referenced to give counselors to help out with bdd)….I just feel like I have no help and I’m alone. I can’t afford to move to LA, the clinic that helped me in my twenties.

    If anyone can message me, or help in any way, I really would appreciate it. This past year has been a huge struggle, and I don’t know where to look anymore.

    #BDD #Anxiety #Depression #seattle

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    Loving our whole self is a journey.

    <p>Loving our whole self is a journey.</p>
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    I have a serious case of body dysmorphic disorder. I don’t go out because I’m so ugly. I’m ver depressed, anxious and feel like I don’t want to live

    I don’t want to live because I’m ugly. What do I do? #BDD #Anxiety #Depression #Suicide

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    My Body Dysmorphic Disorder is Not My Friend

    My BDD is not my friend, and my well wishing supportive, respecting promoter. It is an illness which tells me falsehoods about how I look. Instead of being honest about whether I look like a person, it tells me anything but.

    It is a toxic illness. It is dishonest. It is more dishonest and disproportionate than it likes to share. It isn’t trustworthy. It creeps into the deepest crevices of one’s traumas and hides, waiting to pounce as one feels or is in a depressed mood, hoping to become active on your energy.

    BDD is a parasite of the lowest, most sinister form. It doesn’t respect you. It sees you as a host to feed off. It isn’t helping you.


    Shawn Mendes Opens Up About His Body Dysmorphia in New Interview

    Body dysmorphia is so rarely discussed that it may be easy to feel alone in your body image struggles, but pop singer Shawn Mendes is normalizing body dysmorphia in his latest interview. In a new interview with Paper Magazine , Mendes opened up about how a Calvin Klein ad campaign impacted his view of his body, explaining, “I was seeing myself shirtless on the monitors and I was like ‘I can never live up to that guy.’” Mendes’ interview highlights a symptom of body dysmorphia that rarely receives the spotlight: the feeling that your body belongs to someone else. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shawn Mendes (@shawnmendes) People who live with body dysmorphia may choose to capture images of their bodies at a given time and negatively compare their bodies against that image in the future.  They often won’t perceive their bodies accurately and may not believe that the body they see in photos and videos truly represents the way they currently look, even if they haven’t changed significantly since. Shawn Mendes’ apparent disconnection from the version of himself in his Calvin Klein ads is a surprisingly common symptom of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)— negative comparisons of your body against photos or videos of yourself can be pervasive and hard to ignore if you live with BDD . Mendes’ candid discussion of his body dysmorphia also reveals just how prevalent body image struggles are for men.  There are only marginal differences in male and female body dysmorphic disorder prevalence rates, but 43% of men are dissatisfied with their appearance , even though many people primarily associate women with body dysmorphia and negative body image.  Men are also more likely than women to become preoccupied with believing that they aren’t “muscular enough,” which can be a symptom of BDD. But because so many people associate BDD with eating disorders — which primarily affect women — men with body dysmorphic disorder may not receive the treatment they need to cope with their body image struggles. Mendes’ decision to shed light on his own body dysmorphia could help people recognize that men struggle with body image just as frequently as women do and help anyone who constantly compares their current appearance against photos and videos that they aren’t alone in feeling disconnected from their bodies.  His desire to look like a version of himself from a specific moment in time could resonate with those who want to “preserve” their “ideal bodies” — even when they feel like they’ll never look that way again. Shawn Mendes’ candor about body dysmorphia could help normalize male body image struggles for men who have felt judged or shamed for battling BDD .  In his latest interview, Mendes’ openness about his body image reminds us that no matter what gender we identify with, our body image struggles are valid and if we feel disconnected from our bodies or constantly judge ourselves against “ideal” versions of our appearance, we aren’t alone.

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    Does anyone feel the same way?

    I have been struggling mentally for the past quite a few months. I have been diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, depression, social anxiety, borderline bipolar disorder and BDD. I feel like a mess and my head feels like it'll explode any day. I cannot sleep, I cannot eat and I cannot get myself out of bed which makes me feel even worse. I haven't been able to make considerable progress in my work, and I feel so worthless that I'm wasting my time. But I don't seem to have any control over me anymore. I have not been able to share anything with my friends, boyfriend or family, I don't want to let anyone know that I am struggling. But at the same time I want to scream out loud and I want to be heard. Maybe that's why I am putting up this post today. Do any of you feel the same way as me?
    #anxiety #socialanxiety #ptsd #depression #bodydysmorphicdisorder #bipolardisorder

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