Are you someone who becomes heavily concerned about even the slightest defects in the body? If you are heavily obsessed by your imaginary flaws in your body and it is not letting you sleep or eat properly then you could be suffering from the Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD. Now before you start getting any more concerned than is required about this new-found information, you need to fully educate yourself about it.
BDD is a medical condition where a person becomes obsessed about how he is looking and even the slightest defects look magnified and incurable. This extreme obsession with your body does not only cause trouble to the others around you, it can also make your life pretty difficult. If you are overly concerned about your looks all the time you will not be able to focus on other important things. It will also dent your self-esteem and make you lose confidence in self. Here are some ways to get rid of Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
Make Yourself Believe That The Problems Are Imaginary
The people suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder create imaginary physical problems and remain preoccupied with it all the time. BDD is definitely a psychological condition which can be treated by training your mind in a different way. But this is not always easy. If someone is suffering from BDD then that person will perhaps not even know that he or she has such a condition. So the first step is getting to know that you have such a condition. If you have been too obsessed with your looks to the point where it is affecting your normal life then the chances are that you have BDD. Once you know that you have BDD, you can work towards its treatment. A psychological condition does not imply that your entire brain is dysfunctional. Brain has different parts that can act individually and parallel to each other. So there is a part of your brain which knows is affected by BDD and there is another part which knows that the other part is affected. The part of the brain which is more aware will help in treating the affected part of the brain. Start by acknowledging that you have BDD but remain aware that all your problems are imaginary and will not affect you. Once you have convinced one part of the brain that the problems are not real, you will be able to get rid of the problems slowly.
Regain Your Self-Esteem
You may lose your self-esteem because of BDD because it will keep telling you that you are not looking good. But you may also get BDD because of low self-esteem. It is hard to tell what is causing what. But if you want to get rid of BDD for good, you will need to regain your self-esteem. When you are confident with yourself about other aspects of your life, the BDD triggers will go away. Start with identifying the things that you are good at and the things that make you happy. You should start focusing on all the things that can make you feel proud about yourself. Once you know that you are good at other things, you will not be much concerned about your looks. Being confident about yourself helps in getting rid of Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
See A Therapist If You Need To
If you are not able to treat this problem yourself and it is causing unbearable level of stress in your life then it is better that you see a therapist to get rid of it. Sometimes we try several things to treat our problems by using self-help techniques. However, the self-help techniques do not always help because they are written for general use. You may have a condition unique to you and it may need to be identified by the therapist. Therefore, before things get even worse, it is better that you consult a therapist and get yourself treated. If you are not sure which therapist will be able to treat BDD, you can search on the search engines.
Your therapist will examine your condition properly by asking several questions. Make sure you give the honest answer to the questions no matter how odd they sound. The therapist may or may not suggest you medication depending upon your condition. If the medication has been prescribed, make sure that you take it regularly without fail.
BDD is not a condition which cannot be treated. There are many other things that can help you treat BDD. Some of them work indirectly but they do have profound impact on you. For instance, get involved in physical activities and working out. It is a known fact that exercising creates a feel good factor and you become more confident about yourself. The best treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder is self-confidence.