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How can one over come BDD?

Asked by MorenoMelissa1 (1140points) February 24th, 2010

For some time now I have been fighting with Body Dismorphic Disorder, my fiance is so nice and understanding about it and helps me, however I feel like I need more help to over come it. What should I do? It’s not like I am fat or disfigured, which I am not.

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marinelife's avatar

It would be best to seek out a professional for help:

“Because of these many similarities, the same Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques that are so effective in treating OCD are also employed in BDD treatment. In fact, four recent studies have found significant reductions in symptoms using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of BDD. The primary technique used in both OCD and BDD treatment is a type of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy called “Exposure and Response Prevention” (ERP). Another CBT technique that is extremely valuable is called “Cognitive Restructuring”.” Source

Likeradar's avatar

Do you have a professional diagnosis? Are you in therapy? True BDD is a serious mental illness.

From what I know about BDD, a person who suffers from if would believe that they are actually disfigured or fat… Can someone with more knowledge about this steer me in the right direction about that?

MorenoMelissa1's avatar

@Likeradar I am have not seeked such help, but perhaps I should couldn’t hurt.

Likeradar's avatar

@Likeradar yeah, therapy for mental disorder is probably a good place to start.

phoebusg's avatar

This may sound silly. But how much time do you spend clothed? Nudism could be an peculiar solution. You’re used to yourself, and others wearing clothes – or looking a certain way. Hanging out at a nudist beach, where everyone’s seen you naked and simply doesn’t care anymore could be beneficial.

There’s more that look similar to you, but that is also not a requirement. However you are – you are, and it’s ok. Definitely helps that your husband is on the boat.

I wonder if you are unconsciously comparing yourself to some standard or models etc.

MrsDufresne's avatar

I had BDD for the majority of my life. (I’m 35) In 2007, I found out that it was due to a chemical imbalance of hormones (primarily estrogen) and low thyroid T3 T4 levels. Once I became balanced hormonally, the BDD dissipated dramatically. I would suggest going to your doctor and having tests to make sure that these are at the normal levels.
All the best to you.

faye's avatar

If you describe yourself as a hot, sexy woman, you’re doing pretty good, I’d say.

davidbetterman's avatar

Quit going to those S&M clubs!

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