If your attention is constantly drawn to some perceived defect in your physical features, you could be suffering with body dysmorphic disorder – BDD for short, or also known as body dysmorphia, dysmorphic syndrome or dysmorphophobia.
Many people who suffer with this condition feel miserable but cannot stop their behaviour because it feels outside of their control. Indeed the ritual of constantly obsessing about the flaw in your body may actually be calming the inner stress you have been feeling which is what can make it so hard to change the behaviour without help.
Symptoms Of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- If you are pre-occupied with perceived physical flaws, most usually of skin hair or nose. Some of the perceived flaws associated with body dysmorphia include acne, scarring, facial lines, skin blemishes, thinning hair, excessive body hair, large nose, or crooked nose.
- Obsessing about the perceived flaw, checking your appearance constantly in the mirror, constantly seeking reassurance constantly and even going to the lengths of getting cosmetic surgery, which can, in some cases, make the condition worse.
Causes Of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Each persons reasons for developing body dysmorphic disorder is completely individual. Body dysmorphic disorder is obsessive and compulsive in nature and shares some things in common with ocd. Your first port of call should be your GP and once the medical side of the condition has been diagnosed and treated, it’s then time to deal with the psychological aspects of the problem.
Effective Treatment With Hypnotherapy
The general concensus is that best practice in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder is a combination of medical treatment and some form of cognitive treatment. Cognitive hypnotherapy can help you to successfully deal with body dysmorphic disorder. Cognitive hypnotherapy is a mix of traditional hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and NLP. Treatment normally takes between 8 to 12 weekly one-hour sessions.
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