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    CBT for body dysmorphia


    Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an often-severe disorder that usually begins during early adolescence and appears to be common in youth. BDD consists of preoccupation with a nonexistent or slight defect(s) in physical appearance that causes clinically significant distress or impairment in functioning; the symptoms are not better accounted for by another mental disorder (e.g., anorexia nervosa). BDD is characterized by substantial impairment in psychosocial functioning and markedly high rates of suicidality.

    However, despite its severity and description for more than a century, BDD remains underrecognized in both youth and adults.

    Because BDD usually begins during early adolescence, is often chronic, and causes substantial morbidity in youth, early intervention is critical. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the best tested and most promising psychosocial treatment for adults with BDD. However, CBT has not been developed for or tested in youth.

    In fact, no evidence-based psychosocial treatment of any type is available for youth with this common and severe illness. Thus, there is a pressing need for an efficacious psychosocial treatment for this age group. A BDD treatment practice guideline from the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence underscores the paucity of treatment research on BDD and calls for more treatment research, especially in youth.

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    BPD+BDD = Hating Your Body

    Everyone feels self-conscious about their body from time to time. However, if you hate something about your body and these feelings are interfering with your everyday life, you may have body dysmorphic disorder.

    BDD appears to be relatively common. Studies have reported a point prevalence of 0.7% to 2.4% in the general population. These studies suggest that BDD is more common than disorders such as schizophrenia or anorexia nervosa.

    People with BDD may seek reassurance about the way they look. But try not to get drawn into debates about your appearance and encourage others not to do the same. #BPD #BDD #Anorexia

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    Does BDD get worse with age?

    Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) can worsen with age if left undiagnosed or untreated in the early teenage years. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) can worsen with age if not diagnosed and managed early. BDD is a mental health condition in which a person becomes extra conscious about their perceived flaws and defects.

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    Body Dysmorphia + Triggers

    A combination of environmental, psychological, and biological factors. Bullying or teasing may create or foster the feelings of inadequacy, shame, and fear of ridicule.

    Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a serious mental illness. This is a psychiatric disorder that is related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It most commonly begins around puberty, and it affects both men and women#BDD #triggers

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    Example of BDD triggers


    Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health condition in which you can't stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can't be seen by others. But you may feel so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations.

    When you have body dysmorphic disorder, you intensely focus on your appearance and body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, grooming or seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours each day. Your perceived flaw and the repetitive behaviors cause you significant distress and impact your ability to function in your daily life.

    You may seek out numerous cosmetic procedures to try to "fix" your perceived flaw. Afterward, you may feel temporary satisfaction or a reduction in your distress, but often the anxiety returns and you may resume searching for other ways to fix your perceived flaw.

    Treatment of body dysmorphic disorder may include cognitive behavioral therapy and medication.

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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.

    This isn’t easy and it takes failing and trying and practice. I’m working through this myself and thought I would share. #NegativeThoughts #BDD #ADHD #MentalHealth #PTSD

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    HOLDING YOUR SACREDNESS #PosttraumaticGrowth #Selflove #holdingoursacred #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ADHD #SexualTrauma #BDD

    “Forgive me hands, for I have held everything but myself.” -Unknown

    Holding our own sacredness is incredibly difficult for survivors of trauma. We are able to hold everyone else’s sacredness but when ours needs us we turn away from it.

    Over the last few years, I have had to make a conscious and consistent effort to lean into my own needs and heal on purpose. Many years of running left my mind and body in a constant state of hyper vigilance. I was unattuned to my body’s most basic needs and desires.

    I had to work diligently and constantly on leaning in to myself, my body’s responses: both conscious and unconscious.

    Friend, I know it’s unconventional and incredibly uncomfortable but I promise it will be worth all the time, energy, and resources you invest! You are worth holding your sacredness.

    If you need someone to hold space with you I am.

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    Self-help for body dysmorphic disorder

    #BodyDysmorphicDisorder #BDD

    1: Refocus your attention

    Aside from seeking professional help, remember that self-help can be a powerful tool. Compulsive thoughts and behaviors do not need to control your life.

    Refocusing your attention on the present moment takes time to learn, but has huge benefits for your mental and physical health. There are two strategies that may help: mundane task focusing and a more formal meditation practice. These two coping mechanisms complement each other and can become part of your daily routine.

    2: Practice self-compassion

    Along with meditation, self-compassion is another form of mindfulness. Studies indicate that individuals with higher levels of self-compassion have fewer body dysmorphic symptoms. Focus on ways this can be applied to your daily life to help ease your stress and anxiety. Learning to accept your imperfections, especially during challenging times, is part of embracing self-compassion.

    3: Start a journaling habit

    Writing your thoughts, feelings, and emotions down in a journal or diary is a great way to express yourself. It doesn’t need to be a long, formal entry and it’s not about correct spelling or grammar. This exercise can be as simple as jotting down a few words. Set aside a few minutes each day and just let it flow naturally. It may be helpful to have a designated time to do this and utilize the same journal or app.

    4: Reduce negative predictions

    Once you become more skilled at managing your thoughts, you can use these coping strategies to talk yourself down before you face a triggering situation. This could be anywhere that you feel self-conscious about your appearances, such as a birthday party or a work conference with a room full of strangers.

    5: Seek social support

    Support is available to you from many different sources, so remember to keep the lines of communication open. Make sure that you don’t isolate yourself from others. Your close network of family and friends cares deeply about your health and well-being.

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