Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic DisorderBody dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder linked to body image. If you have BDD, you experience worries about the way you look that can cause you significant anxiety and have a unsettling impact on your life.

If you are suffering from Body Dysmorphia (BDD), you will probably spend a few hours a day thinking negatively about your appearance. It may be that you are anxious about one particular part of your body or you may be troubled by several different areas.  Common areas of anxiety generally include facial features (e.g nose, eyes, hair, chin, skin or lips), certain areas of the body (e.g. the breasts or genitals), feelings that your body is uneven or lacking symmetry or that one of your features is out of proportion to the rest of your body or feelings that you are too fat or too skinny.

Some people with BDD may also experience an eating disorder, but not all people with eating problems will have BDD.

You may find that you excessively look in the mirror or pick at your skin to try and deal with the uneasiness that you have about the way you look. This may cause feelings of shame, guilt and loneliness; it may cause you to isolate to avoid situations that cause you anxiety or discomfort; you may experience feelings of depression, find yourself misusing alcohol or drugs, self-harming or even cause suicidal thoughts.

Some BDD suffers will also find that they may develop other compulsive behaviours to enable them to handle the anxiety they feel about their appearance.  These may include the use of heavy makeup; obsessively brushing or styling your hair; avoiding or continually checking yourself in the mirror; disguising your shape by the way you stand or with your clothing; continuously needing reassurance about your appearance from others; checking yourself regularly by touching the areas that bother you with your fingers; picking at your skin to make it feel smoother; spending time comparing yourself to models and film stars in magazines and people on the street or seeking cosmetic surgery in order to change the way you look.

Some of the possible causes of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) may be due to: experiencing some form of abuse or bullying causing a negative self-image which in turn leads to an obsession about the way you look; low self-esteem issues may cause you to become fixated on your appearance causing you to attach the way you look to your self-esteem; feelings of not fitting in with friends, being lonely or not being able to have romantic relationships because of a belief that you need a certain ‘look’ to be able to fit in or to find a love partner, which can then become worse if a friendship or relationship breaks down; having a hobby or job that is very focused on your body, modelling, body building, gymnastics, may cause you to compete and compare yourself physically with those around and in turn may cause you to be at a greater risk of BDD.

 

Cortijo Care are here to help.

Treatment at Cortijo Care is set up to help anyone suffering from a Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Our 24 Hour Acute programme is there to help those suffering from a Body Dysmorphic Disorder; Our Rehabilitation programme then treats the psychological issues surrounding the Body Dysmorphic Disorder, enabling clients to learn how to cope with life, getting to the root of the whys and wherefores of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder and learning how to handle emotions and anxieties in a safe place.

Please call us for a no obligation chat on (+34) 952 780 181 about how we can help you or your family member or friend, or complete the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.