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Body Dysmorphic Disorder, (BDD) is listed in the DSM-IV under somatization disorders, but clinically, it seems to have similarities to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

BDD is a preoccupation with an imagined physical defect in appearance or a vastly exaggerated concern about a minimal defect. The preoccupation must cause significant impairment in the individual

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I have this and it is absolutely awful. Manifested after an injury over 16 years ago. Spend hours upon hours crying in the mirror, for years now. I pray that one day I am cured.

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I wonder if I suffer from this. I certainly go out of my way to avoid mirrors and social situations for fear of ridiculing me. I have no recent photos of myself. Also get very nervous around other people. I too hope one day I am free from all these negative thoughts.

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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… or Yoga Nidra (actually a meditative practice; no bodily flexibility is needed) at https://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20140528082040AAlCJIa or page L at Weebly.com, below, and/or Tai Chi, Qi Gong, or regular 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". Also eftuniverse.com, emofree.com and YouTube: "EFT". 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 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/…

Also see: http://hubpages.com/hub/Improve_Your_Body_Image & http://www.wikihow.com/come-to-terms-wit... "Come to Terms-with-Feeling Ugly" & http://www.wikihow.com/Feel-Pretty They shorten weblinks, so I provided the full text for you. Also enter "feeling ugly" in the searchbar at http://www.wikihow.com for more, including a video for females. Most people are suggestible, to some degree, so you could seek professional hypnotherapy, or, if not an option, there is: Body Dysmorphia from: http://www.hypnosisdownloads.com & Feel Attractive Now & Overcome Insecurity & Stop Negative Thoughts & Self Acceptance & Care Less What Others Think, and/or: http://www.instant-hypnosis.com has: Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Or try autosuggestion (self hypnosis) using a voice recording. Some info is on page O, at weebly. Professional advice is to use preferably only 1, or a maximum of 2 downloads at any one time. Keep in mind that only 10% of people are truly beautiful, or handsome; 80% (like me) are merely not unattractive, so you may well be falling into the misconception of realising that that you are not beautiful, so you must, by default, be ugly. See COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS.
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It's also worth noting that feeling one is fat or having a distorted sense of size, when someone has an eating disorder doesn't come under body dysmorphic disorder and forms part of the ED. Similar but two different disorders. Also that for many it isn't about wanting to beautiful and is rather just a sense of not wanting to be a freak.

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I suffer from OCD and I have suffered from BDD years ago. At around 19 I started to feel that I was going to go bald. My hairline was slightly receding but nothing major. I became obsessed with my hair. I would spend hours looking in the mirror measuring my forehead and eventually I did the worst thing possible and had a hair transplant on the top of my forehead to lower my hair line.

Well I still suffer from OCD but not BDD. I'm now left with a massive scar line across the top of my forehead from having the plugs removed one year after I had the surgery and a massive scar across the back of my head. I've been wearing a wig to hide the scars. If I didn't ahve the scars I'd just shave my head.

My heart goes out to all the young people who have plastic surgery for an imagined body defect as you end up feeling ####### as the depression becomes too great. My episode of BDD occurred almost 30 years ago now and looking back I can see how it was just an extension or begining of my OCD. I'm just posting tis in the hope that young people who are going through this don't make the same mistake I did and can go and get help.

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I have this severely. If I could get help I'd really appreciate it. Please. I've had for as long as I could remember and I'm 19 now.

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On September 16, 2014 at 8:09 AM, Browndog said:

I suffer from OCD and I have suffered from BDD years ago. At around 19 I started to feel that I was going to go bald. My hairline was slightly receding but nothing major. I became obsessed with my hair. I would spend hours looking in the mirror measuring my forehead and eventually I did the worst thing possible and had a hair transplant on the top of my forehead to lower my hair line.

Well I still suffer from OCD but not BDD. I'm now left with a massive scar line across the top of my forehead from having the plugs removed one year after I had the surgery and a massive scar across the back of my head. I've been wearing a wig to hide the scars. If I didn't ahve the scars I'd just shave my head.

My heart goes out to all the young people who have plastic surgery for an imagined body defect as you end up feeling ####### as the depression becomes too great. My episode of BDD occurred almost 30 years ago now and looking back I can see how it was just an extension or begining of my OCD. I'm just posting tis in the hope that young people who are going through this don't make the same mistake I did and can go and get help.

I have the same issue. There are doctors that do corrective procedures. Mine is now presentable. In fact my bdd if anything long now is limited to me being overweight, which will end when I stop drinking so much. I can't look at my reflection in glass doors etc or look at photos of myself for that reason . Hair no an issue now, in my 40s so my hairline is now expected of someone my age but it wasn't when people would point out to me even in high school it was receding. Heck I was born with a receding hairline. Had plugs by a butcher then spent $10k plus to have it fixed. I worry about getting cancer and chemo and the scars showing  after abd I worry should I ever meet a woman whether I need to tell her, will she think I'm a fraud. 

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