I have BDD (body dysmorphic disorder) . What are good ways to cope with it?

What are the symptoms of bdd (body dysmorphic disorder)?

BDD is listed in the DSM-IV (a reference manual for psychiatric disorders) as one of the somatization (body) disorders but it is also similar to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It is a preoccupation with an imagined physical defect or a minimal defect about which the individual has a greatly exaggerated concern. Additional behaviors include: Frequent glancing in mirrors and surfaces that reflect (windows), skin picking, avoiding mirrors altogether, repeatedly measuring, examining or touching the "defect", elaborate grooming rituals, camouflaging, avoiding social situations where the "defect" might be seen, social anxiety. Surgical methods tend to worsen the psyhocological condition. Self-consciousness is one thing but an obsession is quite another. If you believe you may have this disorder, you would do well to schedule a psychological or psychiatric consult. You cannot overcome it on your own. Your question rightly belongs in the Mental Health category rather than Diet & Fitness.

What are the early symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Also called dysmorphic syndrome and previously known as dysmorphophobia. Onset of symptoms usually occurs in adolescence where criticizing your own personal appearance usually starts, but there have been cases of dysmorphia in children and older adults. Research shows it affects men and women equally though most people think it's more often in women. It can start with distress over several specific features, a single feature, a vague feature or general appearance, which deepens into psychological distress that impairs functioning, sometimes to the point of severe depression and anxiety and development of other anxiety disorders, social withdrawal or complete social isolation. Look for concern and then preoccupation then obsession with body image, talk of plastic surgery, covering a specific facial feature with makeup, or trying to disguise parts (or all) of the body, and observing constantly with a mirror or cannot make eye contact with self in mirror to removing mirrors. Body modifications such as tattoos, piercings. hostility especially toward opposite sex, excessive grooming. Self harm, comparing appearance/body parts with favorite celebrities or models If the sufferer is focused on weight, or being "too tall" watch for signs of vomiting, enema use, laxatives, anorexia, skipping meals, vegetarianism, constantly weighing or checking height; if they are underweight or short in stature watch for liquid or powder muscle builders, signs of steroids, excessive exercise, padded bras in girls or padded underwear in men. Wearing hats, bandanas, hair bands excessively for those concerned with "bad hair," trichotillomania, (pulling out hair or eyebrows) hair loss or baldness. Watch for social and family withdrawal, social phobia, loneliness and self imposed social isolation, suicidal ideation (wishing to be dead), anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, strong feelings of shame, inability to focus due to preoccupation with appearance, problems with grades/work performance, self-medicating (alcohol or drug abuse) Can be co-morbid with major depressive disorder and social phobia/social anxiety. BDD has a suicide rate more than double major depression and 3-4 times greater than bipolar. There is suicidal ideation of around 80%. Extreme cases are also linked to dissociation. BDD is chronic and symptoms are likely to persist or worsen if left untreated.

How can you tell if you have body dysmorphic disorder?

I think BDD is more than being self conscious,like you'd want to stay inside,or only go out at night because you feel hideous,or like you have some deformity,when you actually don't.It's very obsessive thinking about your apperance,people with BDD tend to hate any reflections of there apperance and try avoiding them.In extreme cases they try finding relief on their looks through plastic surgery,but that doesn't work out because BDD is an illness,so they aren't happy for long with the surgery anyway,and go back into hating their looks.You would need therapy to work on your BDD and there's also meds to help out with it.Search BDD symptoms on Google,or watch BDD vids on YouTube & also search too ugly too love.

Do you know where i can find a case study about body dysmorphic disorder?

Wikipedia or answers.com

How do you know if you have BDD[Body Dysmorphic Disorder] Or if your really ugly?

i used to have severe BDD, i'm better now but i've noticed people with BDD aren't all particularly ugly. it's a mental condition, it's all inside your head. maybe you should go see a doctor, you never know.

Are there any artists who portray anorexia or body dysmorphic disorder?

Picasso did a lot of skinny people and people looking in mirrors. Amedeo Modigliani also painted his figures a little on the thin side.

Can someone have Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Gender Identity Disorder at the same time?

Do you think society has any influence on the presentation of "body dysmorphic disorder"?

"A mental disorder where an individual is excessively concerned and preoccupied with an imagined or minor defect in their appearance. BDD is often misunderstood as a vanity-driven obsession, whereas it is quite the opposite; people with BDD believe themselves to be irrevocably ugly or defective" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_dysmorphic_disorder ) Per Dr. Alfred Adler in 1897, this would be the basis for inferiority feelings and, when exaggerated, an "inferiority complex." http://www.lifecourseinstitute.com or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inferiority_complex This is clearly a personality disorder of the cognitive-disorder type, driven by thoughts and internalized personal opinions. There is no organic cause, although the individual may imagine some, or take a small thing (e.g., a mole) and raise it, by obsession, to a huge disfigurement. Related issues include: -- A possible chemical imbalance in the brain, e.g., an insufficient level of serotonin. -- A history of obsessive-compulsive disorder may make some people more susceptible to BDD. -- Generalized anxiety disorder co-existing with BDD and involving excessive worrying, and exaggerated or unrealistic anxiety about a perceived flaw or defect in appearance. Research shows that psychodynamic (Freudian) therapy or traditional talk therapy have not been effective in treating BDD. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, both based on Adlerian Individual Psychology) have been proven more effective. -- Dr. Bob, Adlerian Psychologist

is the body dysmorphic disorder questionaire online?

a psychiatrist/therapist's evaluation would be a good assessment tool

How do really skinny people with body dysmorphic disorder NOT feel there bones?!?

what are some disadvantages of body dysmorphic disorder.?

Could someone with body dysmorphic disorder see facial problems that are not relly there?

yes and i have personal experience with this not too long ago, i "damaged" my skin with a product---and although everyone kept telling me that the darker spot that it formed was not even noticeable---i was seriously depressed about my face my about 3-5 months. i mean i don't want to sound crazy or anything, but i looked in the mirror and saw this huge asss mark and i seriously wouldn't even get out of bed be/c i was so depressed about it. i came out of the depression once school started, and now looking back at photos of my self during that time, it is clear that i was seeing something that wasn't actually there. it wasn't a huge mark on my face and today, its practically gone. i came out of my depression state by focusing on other activities actually. i didn't let myself just sit and think about my skin all day.

Does anyone have a friend of family with body dysmorphic disorder?

the disorder is likely more prevalent in society than we let on. body image disorders are a big problem today which current sex-sells advertising does not help. however, there are various behavioral and psychological treatments that can help people recognize stressful and maladaptive ways of thinking and learn to think in different ways. if you genuinely feel like its a problem, seek out some help. if you are a student, consider your educational institution, counselors are often available free of charge and many practice cognitive-behavior therapy.

What's the difference between Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Low-self esteem?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is where you see your body differently than it actually is. Low self esteem is just not feeling good about what you have

How to help friend with BDD (body dysmorphic disorder)?

My best friend has the same exact problems. You have to understand as a close friend you cant really do much but be there for her. Though, you can explain that talking to a professional is the best way to help ease these problems. BDD is a emotionally draining disorder. My best friend had to be admitted into a hospital because she was suicidal, just remember these things take a while, I especially know. Hospitals give you a fresh outlook, but personally they don't so much but make sure you're not going to harm yourself. Try and get her to talk to her parents about getting a therapist they really help. Trained professionals are the way to go.

How can you tell if you're skinny or fat when you have body dysmorphic disorder?

With body dysmorphic disorder there is really no way to see. You could try drawing a life size outline of how big you think you are, then lie in it and have someone draw around you and then look at the difference. that can be quite eye opening.

Do I have body dysmorphic disorder ?

If you can say you have body dysmorphic disorder, you don't have it. One of the traits of people like this is, that they think there really IS something wrong with their body, and they WOULDN'T stop to think for a second, that it may just be in their head. If you think you have BDD, you would be looking up how to get rid of the problem areas on your body, and not symptoms of a problem you think you have with your head. People with that disorder don't think something is wrong with how they SEE themselves, they think something is wrong with THEMSELVES.

What does it feel like to have Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

BDD is a disorder that i think that everyone has in one way or another. i mean i think that everyone sees an imperfection that no one else does on their body. BDD can be very serious. if you think that you are fat when you really are too skinny. or people that think that they are hideous and will do anything to change the way that they look. BDD has nothing to do with anything but the way you portray your self.

can body dysmorphic disorder be cured?

There are rehabilitation centers for people suffering dysmorphia disorders, but the main thing to being cured is that you have to want to be cured. If you truly want to be cured then tlk to your therapist about entering a rehabilitation program

I think I may have body dysmorphic disorder?

It does sound like you have body dysmorphic disorder but a key thing to consider is how much interference this all causes with your life. So some people with BDD will, for example, go to extreme measures to avoid looking at themselves in the mirror, maybe by covering up every mirror in the house. Or may do the reverse and stare at themselves in the mirror for hours. Those clearly are major interferences in life. Being a little self critical about your weight when you look at yourself isn't a major interference. It's pretty common. Avoiding being in public because you think you're too overweight is extreme and BDD-like. So you just have to judge if your symptoms are extreme and interfering in order to make a proper diagnosis. One book you may find helpful is called The Broken Mirror by Katharine Phillips. Hope this helps!

Any answers for body dysmorphic disorder?

Are you aware of the BDD Support Foundation? This is their website which may have some of the answers: http://www.thebddfoundation.org/index.htm You would also do well to belong to a group, any group, where you can feel at home with yourself and other people. I am always going on about meditation, but it really can help. Do look out for a yoga/meditation group locally to you and see for yourself how much your self image improves. :-)

How do you get rid of body dysmorphic disorder?

BDD - Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Only use a small hand mirror to check appearance, so just a small part of the body may be seen at a time, yet anything wrong will still be immediately apparent; cover (taping over/painting) full length mirrors. Check out http://www.bddcentral/mainpage2.aspx and http://www.ocdla.com/bodydysmorphicdisor... and http://www.mental-health-abc.com/ and http://www.psychforums.com/viewforum.php and http://p066.ezboard.com/bbodydysmorphicd... Other things worth trying: See self esteem/confidence, in sections 38 & 47, and practise daily, and when needed, one of the relaxation techniques in sections 2, 11, 2c, or 2i, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris Give the EFT, in section 53, a good tryout: "Even though I have a distorted body image, I accept myself deeply and completely". All of these things are designed to bolster the central sense of identity, enable emotional centering, and changing the focus from that of a person's appearance, to helping others. A TECHNIQUE FOR REPROGRAMMING NEGATIVE THOUGHTS: (ALSO SEE PAGE L, IN SECTION 2):When you notice something negative, such as: "I'm never going to get over this!" or: "Why am I always so pathetic/useless/such a loser?" or even: "I can't do this/will never get over this!", or a disturbing image, recognise that this is part of the mindset which will hold you back from progress. Having identified and labelled it, visualise a large red "STOP!" sign, and/or possibly a stern faced person wagging an index finger at you in a negative manner, then say to yourself as forcefully as you can, even aloud in a big voice, if alone: "I know this tactic: GO AWAY FOR A WHILE !!!" You may want to use either: "ruse", "ploy", "game", or "trick", instead of "tactic". In the case of an image, visualise a large "STOP" sign, or your preferred version. Some people go so far as to keep a wide rubber band in their pocket, then put it around their wrist, when they catch themselves backsliding, stretch and release it, as a method of reprogramming their mind sooner, but I don't regard it as being strictly necessary. Remember to remove it, afterwards, if you use this method. It may well be worthwhile going to the Groups, at Myspace, Google, and Yahoo, to find others with the disorder, and see what has worked for them. Use the WebFerret search engine, your own, the Wikipedia, and Google websites, and Yahoo websearch on BDD. View: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/board/about... and take the quiz at http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2... Print the result; take to a doctor, and ask for an appropriate referral.

Do You Suffer From Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

yes, i have obsessive compulsive disorder and body dismorphic disorder (BDD) is a spectrum (related) disorder of OCD.... it happens when you have perceived flaws that you take way too seriously...and you can't stop thinking about them.. i got help for this, as well as my OCD from reading many different self-help books on the topic. good luck, and remember your not alone

Is there anyway to get rid of body dysmorphic disorder without counseling?

Aaaaaah Im gettin better man

Can someone have body dysmorphic disorder without wanting to get a lot of plastic surgery?

yes

Does having Body Dysmorphic Disorder mean what you see in the mirror is not accurate?

Yes it means that your image of yourself is distorted. People who have this disorder may think small things are huge flaws (nose being too big, pores on skin being huge, a little scar somewhere being extremely disgusting). Anorexic and Bulimic people commonly have similar issues with their bodies, but obviously focus on body weight. Anorexics/Bulimics often think they look fat even when they are just a bag of bones

Do people with eating disorders and weight-related body dysmorphic disorder see themselves fat in pictures?

People with eating disorders and weight-related body dysmorphic disorders will always see themselves as larger. It's what provoked the eating disorder to begin initially - you're not going to starve yourself/intentionally throw up if you think you're skinny. As a sufferer of an eating disorder for multiple years, I can personally state that I see myself as fat in photos. After having a stress anxiety attack over my weight, my sister had to sit with me and go through my photos on Facebook to underpin that I wasn't fat at all. Even a few nights ago when I was photographed, I cringe slightly at it, with this notion that I am the fattest one there. It's probably personally acknowledged by eating disorder sufferers that they are a standard weight, but the fact they're chronically obsessed with themselves allows them to think otherwise - you can clearly see right now that I am self-obsessed through the fact I've jumped straight into whinging about my personal life. Even without the aid of a photograph, I manage to compare myself to everyone, feeling morbidly obese when I do. It's sort of a sick obsession. At times, I won't even go out for fear of people analysing my body, because I do the exact same thing to them.

How to help my friend with body dysmorphic disorder?

Yeah there is really nothing you can do except being her friend and acting normal. Your friend needs therapy if she wants to live a more normal life. I do have one tip, be careful what you say to her, you may think complimenting her looks will make her feel better but really she will she hate how she looks and think your lying to her.

how do YOU deal with Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

when people have bdd no matter how good they look and the plastic surgeries they git they always feel ugly it's a self esteem thing they need to build up their self esteem

Question about Body dysmorphic disorder?

You selected a specific example of a general definition. Your pertains to anthropology, or zoology. Try Googling it: Sexual Dimorphism - What Is Sexual Dimorphism? "Sexual dimorphism is the difference in form between male and female members of the same species". animals.about.com/od/zoology12/f/sexualdimorphis.htm People contributing to Wikipedia often have a specific area of interest, and may not be aware of other uses for the same term. A previous answer follows: Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Only use a small hand mirror to check appearance, so just a small part of the body may be seen at a time, yet anything wrong will still be immediately apparent; cover (taping over/painting) full length mirrors. Check out http://www.bddcentral/mainpage2.aspx and http://www.ocdla.com/bodydysmorphicdisor... and http://www.mental-health-abc.com/ and http://www.psychforums.com/viewforum.php and http://p066.ezboard.com/bbodydysmorphicd... and http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/bodydysmorphia1.shtml Other things worth trying: See self esteem/confidence, in sections 38 & 47, and practise daily, and when needed, one of the relaxation techniques in sections 2, 11, 2c, or 2i, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris Give the EFT, in section 53, a good tryout: "Even though I have a distorted body image, I accept myself deeply and completely". All of these things are designed to bolster the central sense of identity, enable emotional centering, and changing the focus from that of a person's appearance, to helping others. A TECHNIQUE FOR REPROGRAMMING NEGATIVE THOUGHTS: (ALSO SEE PAGE L, IN SECTION 2):When you notice something negative, such as: "I'm never going to get over this!" or: "Why am I always so pathetic/useless/such a loser?" or even: "I can't do this/will never get over this!", or a disturbing image, recognise that this is part of the mindset which will hold you back from progress. Having identified and labelled it, visualise a large red "STOP!" sign, and/or possibly a stern faced person wagging an index finger at you in a negative manner, then say to yourself as forcefully as you can, even aloud in a big voice, if alone: "I know this tactic: GO AWAY FOR A WHILE !!!" You may want to use either: "ruse", "ploy", "game", or "trick", instead of "tactic". In the case of an image, visualise a large "STOP" sign, or your preferred version. Some people go so far as to keep a wide rubber band in their pocket, then put it around their wrist, when they catch themselves backsliding, stretch and release it, as a method of reprogramming their mind sooner, but I don't regard it as being strictly necessary. Remember to remove it, afterwards, if you use this method. It may well be worthwhile going to the Groups, at Myspace, Google, and Yahoo, to find others with the disorder, and see what has worked for them. Use the WebFerret search engine, your own, the Wikipedia, and Google websites, and Yahoo websearch on BDD. View: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/board/about... and take the quiz at http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2... Print the result; take to a doctor, and ask for an appropriate referral.

is being transexual the same as body dysmorphic disorder?

Transsexualism is a physical birth condition, not a mental disorder. If transsexualism were a mental disorder, the only known cure would not be a physical cure, which is transition (Sex Change)

How does someone cure body dysmorphic disorder?

Imagine this. Look into a funny mirror that makes your body wide, tall, or weird. That is what it's like looking in an everyday mirror for someone with BDD. They might see a big nose when it's not there, or a fat body stuff like that. What would you do if you had that? Tell "your friend" to look in the mirror and tell herself she's beautiful everyday. This will (slowly) help her BDD. She should see different doctors if it's that bad.

Can People recieve social security for body dysmorphic disorder?

No. However, most psychiatrists and psychologists think it is a truly debilitating disorder that deserves to be recognized as such. But, there are many diseases that are co-morbid with body dysmorphic disorder that would get you disability for your job.

How Would Someone With Chronic Body Dysmorphic Disorder Go About Getting Help?

My situation is a bit different. I suffer from major depression. Probably, you are looking for personal anecdotes, and the last thing you want to see is a bunch of links about BDD. Well, here is a bunch of links about BDD. The typed words above each link are self-explanatory. I included support groups, because each week I attend a support group for folks with chronic depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, etc. Being in a group where you can openly express what you are feeling and know that others in the group can understand has been a great experience for me. I wish you the best. general google search: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=body+dysmorphic+disorders&aq=2&oq=body+dysmorphic+disorder treatment: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=body+dysmorphic+disorder+treatment&btnG=Search support groups: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=t&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4DKUS_enUS292US292&q=body+dysmorphic+disorder+support EDIT: Although it is pretty obvious, I forgot to mention that speaking with a professional counselor or therapist can be very helpful.

What do I do when I have body dysmorphic disorder?

go to doctors and ask them! if ur mum wont listen to u then u need some1 who will thats y its best to see people who no wat there doing! ie. [doctor] dont diagnoise urself, EVER! If u think theres something not quite right then go to ur doctor and tell them everything ur feeling! dont be embarressed either cuz its all private so nobody will no that u have been!

do i have Body Dysmorphic Disorder or am i ugly?

You most likely suffer from BDD. I know, it's weird, but trust me...I've heard this story before a million times...Girl is absolutely convinced she's horribly deformed but actually isn't and her friends and family just don't see it...Your ugliness is probably all in your head, but I don't know how ugly you are. If you WERE ugly, then someone would've told you that.

Can people with Body Dysmorphic Disorder have problems with just their face and not their actual body?

Why do I have body dysmorphic disorder?

Body dysmorphic disorder also known as dysmorphophobia or the fear of having a deformity is by definition an irrational or an exaggerated fear. If you have two eyes, a nose, two feet, etc you are normal. Sometimes, as all other things in life this may require professional help such as counseling by a trained psychologist or a psychiatrist.

how to know if you have body dysmorphic disorder, how to get rid of it or at least ocd?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder and plastic surgery yes or no(I would love personal experience from docs and patients?

It's rawness, not experience isn't it?

can you still have Body Dysmorphic Disorder BDD if you eat?

From what I've read (which wasn't much so...) BDD isn't the same as an eating disorder. You obsess about some part of your body which is 'ugly' and you keep worrying about that part...so much so that disrupts your daily life. People with BDD don't necessarily starve themselves because it's not their weight their obsessed about but 'how bent their nose looks' or 'how small their fingers are'...random examples :P So ya...you could still suffer from BDD but I'd seek professional advice if you really want to be sure.

This girl I have recently gotten very close with just told me she has body dysmorphic disorder how can I help?

That's very considerate of you. Don't give her a hard time about it, and don't try to rationalize with her. She doesn't see what you see when you look at her, really. Keep her distracted from her inner world wherever possible and don't make any issues about appearance. Help to build up her self esteem and make your moments together happy ones.

Do anyone have information about body dysmorphic disorder?

Well it is usually when people have really low self-esteem and think they are hideous, when they really are not. For some reason they do not see the same thing in the mirror like everyone else sees. Were you ever traumatize about your looks from your parents? Did they tell you all your life that you were ugly? It can be brought on by many reasons. The best thing to do is to stick with the therapy. It will take a long time to work through it. But it is possible.

What makes body dysmorphic disorder an obstacle?

If someone has body dysmorphic disorder, every day can be a challenge. Doing simple things like going to a grocery store or even looking at yourself in a mirror can be extremely stressful. Being seen by other people is usually a huge stressor. People with this disorder can't stand the way they look and do not want to be seen by anybody, even themselves.

Can a person have body dysmorphic disorder and see things that are not there without obsessing?

The diagnostic criteria require that the patient suffer "clinically important distress" or "impaired work, social, or personal functioning." Admittedly these are rather vague descriptions, but I believe they both reflect some degree of obsession. [In fact OCD is sometimes comorbid with BDD]. So if a (hypothetical) patient perceived some imaginary disfigurement and wasn't particularly concerned about it, I suppose BDD would be excluded as a diagnosis. The answer to the question would then be: a person cannot have BDD without obsessing over their appearance. That hypothetical case seems very unlikely to me, but I have no proof that it couldn't happen.

Can anyone give me some information on Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

When someone is EXTREMELY worried about how they look to the point that they get depression. Not getting enough potassium, copper, iron, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin B5, and/or vitamin B2 could make Body Dysmorphic Disorder worse, because these nutrients effect our emotions.

How do i know if i have body dysmorphic disorder?

View: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Body_dysmorphic_disorder?open Only use a small hand mirror to check appearance, so just a small part of the body may be seen at a time, yet anything wrong will still be immediately apparent; cover (taping over/painting) full length mirrors. Check out www.bddcentral/mainpage2.aspx and http://www.ocdla.com/bodydysmorphicdisor… and www.mental-health-abc.com and www.psychforums.com/viewforum.php and http://p066.ezboard.com/bbodydysmorphicd… and http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/b… and http://bddvictims.lefora.com/headlines/ and http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/search/?cx=partner-pub-0124503147806353%3A98oafg-am73&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=bdd&sa=Search#1023 Practice a relaxation method, daily, and when needed, such as www.drcoxconsulting.com/managing-stress.… or http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/mindbody… and/or Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or yoga. Other things worth trying: Enter "EFT" in the searchbar, at www.mercola.com (free), & "EFT therapists (professional is recommended) a good tryout, to see if it helps you. There is a version for use in public places, (you could claim to have a headache, as you use the acupressure massage/tapping on your temples, but you would then be restricted to subvocalising: repeating to yourself in your mind): "Even though I have a distorted body image, I deeply and completely accept myself". All of these things are designed to bolster the central sense of identity, enable emotional centering, and changing the focus from that of a person's appearance. When you notice something negative, such as: "Why can't I be beautiful, like those in movies, and magazines?", or a disturbing image, recognise that this is generated by the negative part of your mind. After identifying it, visualise a large red "STOP!" sign, and/or possibly a stern faced person wagging an index finger at you in a negative manner, then say to yourself as forcefully as you can, even aloud in a big voice, if alone: "I know this tactic: GO AWAY FOR A WHILE !!!" You may want to use either: "ruse", "ploy", "game", or "trick", instead of "tactic". In the case of an image, visualise a large "STOP" sign, or your preferred version. Some people go so far as to keep a wide rubber band in their pocket, then put it around their wrist, when they catch themselves backsliding, stretch and release it, as a method of reprogramming their mind sooner, but I don't regard it as being strictly necessary. Remember to remove it, afterwards, if you use this method. It may well be worthwhile going to the Groups, at Myspace, Google, and Yahoo, and discuss it with them. Read "Picture perfect : what you need to feel better about your body" Jill S. Zimmerman Rutledge. by Health Communications, c2007, & The BDD Workbook: Overcome Body Dysmorphic Disorder and End Body Image Obsessions - Paperback 2002 by James Claiborn and Cherry Pedrick, & The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder - Paperback 2005 by Katharine A. Phillips M.D., & The Body Image Workbook: An Eight-Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks by Thomas F. Cash from your bookstore, or Amazon.com Try the support groups, chat sites, and forums: www.bddcentral.com & http://www.thebddfoundation.org/self_hel… & http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/…

How do you get body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body dysmorphic disorder for me was false realization that because I wasn't the way I'd like myself to look, I'd never get anywhere in life. It came spontaneously, but I have a feeling high school bullying over a slow and long period of time had a prominent effect. About a year ago, my skin was covered in severe acne. I cried every night in heart break and jealousy of people with decent skin. About nine months ago, I developed body dysmorphic disorder. I would literally spend hours upon hours looking in the mirror, crying my eyes out. My lowest point was in June, when I tried to kill myself by overdosing on pills. Don't worry, I know where you're coming from. I think lack of people truly knowing where you're coming from is a dangerous down side to this disorder, at least for me. It caused severe loneliness and isolation, which I think is why the disorder stuck with me so significantly. I used to passionately despise people who treated the situation like a simple fix, ignorant people who didn't know where I was coming from, or the severity of the situation. I'm a lot better now, and I was surprised by how fast I progressed, and how quickly this horrible mentality of mine went away. Do you want to know what cured me? Activity, dedication, goal, love, and a passionate sacrifice. That sacrifice for me was art. Did you know most people who suffer from this disorder are artistic? While these duties may seem simple, they require a lot of emotion and motivation. I encourage you to work on them as a distraction, it will pay off in the long run.

why body dysmorphic disorder can be frequently confused with addiction?

I think that it depends on the context that body dysmorphic disorder is in. I think that it is the cause and an addiction is the effect. Say, for example, that someone doesn't like the way they look, so they develop body dysmorphic disorder. This might drive them to be anorexic and/or bulimic, which are both serious eating disorders and the effect of the body dysmorphic disorders; anorexia and bulimia are both considered special types of food addictions. If this happens, then I would say that it could lead to an addiction, but wouldn't necessarily be an addiction in of itself. However, I'm strictly talking about a dislike of someone's body with respect to weight. If we're talking about body dysmorphic disorder because of something like an acne breakout or someone's skin tone, then I wouldn't call it an addiction at all; I'd call it a complex. However, I can see where the argument for an addiction would come from.