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What is Body Dysmorphia, and How is it Treated?

 In Mental Health

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental illness that affects how a person sees. The person can become obsessed with even the slightest defect in their body. Sometimes, the flaw they obsess over is minor or one that they are imagining. BDD can affect men or women. Often, if untreated, the disorder comes to interfere with everyday life. It also tends to worsen as the person gets older and their body changes. If you need help managing your BDD symptoms, reach out. There are many disorder treatment centers available ready to help. 

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Symptoms 

Body dysmorphia can affect the person suffering majorly. It impacts them mentally, physically, emotionally, and in their life. Some of the effects that one may experience with this disorder include the following:

  • Excessive spending on beauty products
  • Extreme exercising 
  • Seeking outside approval 
  • Picking at skin
  • Frequently checking mirror 
  • Malnutrition
  • Complications from plastic surgery 
  • Poor attention or concentration
  • Poor memory 
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Avoidance of social situations 
  • Poor relationships 
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors 

A residential treatment center may benefit you if you have BDD and need help managing your symptoms. 

Co-occurring Disorders & Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Often the individual with BDD also suffers from another mental illness or addiction. Some of those include the following:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Eating disorders 
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder 
  • Mood disorders 
  • Other mental health disorders 
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior 
  • Substance use disorders

If you have BDD and a co-occurring disorder, many treatment facilities are ready to help you get back on your feet. 

Treatments for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

While there is no cure for BDD, there are many disorder treatment programs to help with the symptoms that come along with the disorder. Sometimes it can be hard to manage the symptoms on your own. Some of the treatment programs include the following: inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, cognitive behavioral therapy, art therapy, support groups, psychotherapy, exposure and response prevention, medication, and family therapy. If you or a loved one has BDD and is struggling, talk to a mental health professional and see the best treatment option. 

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