What is Body Dysmorphia?
Officially referred to as body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, this chronic mental condition involves extreme anxiety over a nonexistent physical defect. In some ways, it’s similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders. For these reasons, Eating Disorder Solutions wants to educate individuals and their families about body dysmorphia and the importance of treatment with our body dysmorphia quiz.
The main characteristic of BDD is intense anxiety about a defect that others can’t see or that doesn’t exist. Individuals suffering from this disorder often believe that they’re ugly. They may even get plastic surgery to improve their appearance, but unfortunately afterward still do not feel more confident.
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BDD is like OCD in that individuals with the condition have endless cycles of obsessive behaviors and thoughts. They can’t control distressing fears about their appearance. As a result, they develop unhealthy routines or rituals. For instance, they may constantly pick at their skin or look in a mirror. Eventually, they obsess over their appearance to the point that their social, professional and personal lives suffer.
Eating disorders and BDD both involve a debilitating concern with body image. The difference, though, is that individuals with eating disorders worry about the shape of their bodies and how much they weigh. Those with BDD develop anxiety about specific body parts, such as:
- Acne or other blemishes
- Breast and buttock sizes
- Genitalia size or shape
- Lack of hair
- Muscle tone and size
- Nose size and shape
- Scars and wrinkles
It’s often difficult for individuals to recognize body dysmorphia in themselves. Even loved ones may find it difficult because individuals go to great lengths to try to hide the problem. Fortunately, they can take a body dysmorphia quiz to help determine if they should seek professional treatment.
Who Has Body Dysmorphia?
BDD can be hard to live with, so it’s crucial for individuals to analyze their lives honestly if they think that they have this disorder. Our body dysmorphia quiz is a great starting point to get an idea of whether their symptoms coincide with those that are common with BDD. However, it’s important not to use the results of this body dysmorphia quiz as an official diagnosis. Instead, discuss the results with the team of specialists at Eating Disorder Solutions in Dallas, Texas to ensure proper treatment.
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Accredited Treatment Programs
Taking a client-centered approach to treating body dysmorphia, Eating Disorder Solutions creates personalized treatment plans based on individuals’ needs. In order to do that, we offer several levels of care that provide guidance during every step of recovery. Our range of BDD treatment programs includes:
Our compassionate specialists evaluate clients throughout treatment to ensure that they receive the right level of support. Our premier programs include effective therapies, clinical supervision, and nutrition education.
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If you think you or a loved one are suffering from BDD, don’t ignore your concerns. Take our body dysmorphia quiz to find out if you should talk to a specialist. Contact Eating Disorder Solutions today for an official diagnosis and to learn more about our treatment options.