What is body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)?

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disease characterized by the obsessive belief that one element of one's body or appearance is gravely wrong and necessitates drastic measures to conceal or correct it. The delusional form of BDD entails the false belief that you have a severe physical flaw. The significance of a fundamental inaccuracy is significantly inflated. In any event, thoughts about it are pervasive and intrusive, taking up several hours each day and resulting in severe and deteriorating social stress. Academic or professional. Anorexia nervosa must be distinguished from BDD.

Body dysmorphic disorder should not be confused with anorexia. It is more similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder, and compulsive hoarding in terms of diagnostic criteria and treatment approaches. Fans have coined a name for BDDs "imagined ugliness admirers" to highlight the fact that they're just as good-looking as everyone else. Someone with BDD sees themselves as much uglier than they are; they tend to describe their so-called defects with precise details and over-the-top adjectives that don't match reality.

Imagined ugliness enthusiasts (IUE) take extreme measures to fix their imagined problems by seeking cosmetic surgery or undergoing excessive skin peeling. But unfortunately, these treatments don't work either; their so-called defects often return after some time. It's time for society to recognize body dysmorphic disorder as an official medical condition, treatable by cognitive behavioral therapy.

Of all the psychiatric disorders, BDD is one of the most misunderstood. With help from family members, friends, and mental health professionals, people can still overcome their body dysmorphic disorder by accepting themselves for who they are and without self-critical tendencies or thoughts.

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