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Nowadays, we receive hundreds of messages each day through social media, magazines, the news and more about how our bodies “should” look. Yet, as many of us have found, those standards are neither attainable nor sustainable for many of us. Further, many of us enjoy a healthier life at a different size.
But we have to be careful to keep a healthy perspective and practice self-acceptance while we work toward a healthier body and self-image. By intentionally loving ourselves and our own wellness journey, we can avoid developing an unhealthy mindset about our appearance. If we go too far down an unhealthy path, we can develop a serious mental health condition known as body dysmorphic disorder.
What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)?
BDD is a mental health condition that affects the way you see yourself and how you feel about your appearance. People who deal with BDD often focus and think obsessively about one or more perceived flaws with their body. Symptoms can cause people to begin avoiding social functions and refuse to be in photos or look at themselves in mirrors. Some people develop severe symptoms that can lead to eating disorders, excessive workouts, self harm, and even suicidal thoughts. So while some people don’t understand BDD, many people who struggle with it know that it is a real, painful thing to live with.
What Causes BDD?
While professionals say there isn’t one known reason that people develop BDD and that it can crop up anytime for anyone, some do point to environmental, psychological and biological factors. Genetics and life experiences likely play a part, and BDD commonly begins around the teen years.
How Many People Suffer from BDD?
Experts think one in every 100 people (or 2.4% US adults) suffer from BDD. Outside the U.S., it affects between 1.7% and 2.9% of people. And it is believed that once you develop it, it is a lifelong condition that will not go away on its own.
What Can You Do About BDD?
The good news is that BDD is curable, and the sooner you identify and address it, the better. Your doctor may recommend mental health therapy as an effective way to address the root cause of symptoms as well as medications like antidepressants. Additionally, if you believe you are able to do so in a healthy way, moderate amounts of exercise can ease some of the mental health symptoms of BDD while also offering mood-boosting hormone support.
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