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Body Dysmorphia

Body Dysmorphia

Body dysmorphia has been described as a condition involving having a false negative perception of your body. Body dysmorphia is a preoccupation with an imagined defect in one’s appearance. Body dysmorphia may manifest in a nontraditional way and be less obvious. Body dysmorphia is a state of mind, a perception deficit and, as such, is exceedingly difficult to treat. Body dysmorphia is the state in which we do not believe that our body looks like what it actually does look like. Patients report universal success when they do one thing in the face of body dysmorphia: dress to impress. It could be argued that one of the most extreme forms of body dysmorphia is that of people wishing to have healthy limbs removed. Research shows men of all ages and sexual orientations can experience a negatively skewed view of their bodies called body dysmorphia.

Sometimes body dysmorphic disorder is a consequence of wider anxieties and unhappiness or may have been triggered by a traumatic event. In teens, the severe body image problem known as body dysmorphic disorder can lead to complications ranging from social impairment to suicide. Therefore, treating body dysmorphic disorder involves more than addressing the symptoms, as the patient must also be reacclimated to study and work environments in order to realise his or her full potential. Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental image many victims of anorexia nervosa have that tells them they look fat, even when they are emaciated.

Successful treatment of body dysmorphia has to be directed towards the perception defect itself. Medication combined with cognitive-behavioural therapy is the primary treatment method for body dysmorphic disorder.

A recently recognised form of body dysmorphia that occurs almost exclusively in men is “Muscle Dysmorphia”, a preoccupation that one’s body is inadequately muscular.

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