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What is body dysmorphia?

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November 5th, 2017 5:00pm
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look and to spend a lot of time worrying about their appearance. For example, they may be convinced that a barely visible scar is a major flaw that everyone is staring at, or that their nose looks abnormal. Another example: a person who is hella thin looks at the mirror and think that he is so fat and ugly but the truth is that he is not. So basically its an anxiety
November 11th, 2017 2:46am
its a condition where people view their bodys different from how others see them like someone may see themselves as fat when they are not fat they could be not eating or eating very little and still believe that they are fat even when its affecting their health.
November 17th, 2017 7:47am
Body dysmorphia is a mental condition where you personally view your body completely different to what it is. This may mean that you are a very skinny person, and you see yourself as larger (or the other way around). It may also just be an obsession over a flaw in your physical appearance. It is treatable, but it cannot be cured. Medication, psychologists and doctors should be able to aid in situations such as these.
November 17th, 2017 5:26pm
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder related to body image. You might be given a diagnosis of BDD if you: experience obsessive worried about one or more perceived flaws in your physical appearance, the flaw cannot be seen by others or appears very slight.
November 22nd, 2017 6:29am
Body dysmorphia is when one obsesses about something they believe is a flaw within their physical appearance.
December 20th, 2017 12:16am
To go by the definition, body dysmorphia is a mental illness involving obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance. Anyone with this often feels insecure about themselves and, if available, will most likely go to extreme measures to alter their appearance.
December 20th, 2017 10:27am
Body dysmorphia is anxiety based on your body image, you worry about what you believe are the flaws and faults of your body like stretch marks, freckles, scars, if you're skinny enough and things like that.
January 3rd, 2018 9:20pm
Body Dysmorphia is a mental disorder in which someone is obsessive over the aspect of their appearance being flawed.
January 6th, 2018 5:10am
Body dysmorphia is when one focusses on a perceived flaw excessively. People with the condition may often look at themselves in the mirror and compare themselves to others. They often feel anxious and depressed.
January 31st, 2018 9:47pm
BDD is where a person has an obsession over a part of their body that they believe is flawed. Often they can't go very long without thinking about this body part and it can cause huge anxiety throughout the day
February 1st, 2018 4:46pm
The official definition is "Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disorder characterized by an obsessive preoccupation that some aspect of one's own appearance is severely flawed and warrants exceptional measures to hide or fix it. In BDD's delusional variant, the flaw is imagined."
February 15th, 2018 11:28pm
Body dysmorphia is a disorder that causes a distorted view of how we look. Someone with body dysmorphia will be convinced that something is wrong with his/her physical appearance. That's the reason why this person won't believe anyone who will try to confort her/him.
February 17th, 2018 3:17pm
body dysmorphia is usually used to describe any person that has a 'warped' or unrealistic vision of how they look. this could be someone who thinks they are far too overweight, when others think thry look normal or even slim and vice versa. it usually arises from anxiety of self image and the constant worry begins to warp your vision of yourself.
February 28th, 2018 2:27pm
Body dysmorphia is the feeling of not feeling comfortable or even hating your body. This can happen to pre-operation transgender people, or people unhappy with how they look.
March 1st, 2018 8:34am
Seeing your body as something different to what it is, either seeing yourself as over or underweight when in reality it probably isn't the case.
April 5th, 2018 10:51pm
A persistent, distorted view of one's own body shape and size. It can be fixated on a certain part of the body, or extend to the entire body. Chronic "mirror checking" is something often experienced by those with BDD. My experience with body dysmorphia is akin the living in a carnival mirror maze.
April 8th, 2018 7:32am
BDD is a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one's appearance. People with BDD can dislike any part of their body, although they often find fault with their hair, skin, nose, chest, or stomach.
April 11th, 2018 10:03pm
it is a deformity or abnormality in the shape or size of a specified part of the body...............
April 15th, 2018 7:13am
Body dysmorphia is seeing your body as something it isn’t. It could be that someone who is very thin sees themself as very large. Body dysmorphia is common in eating disorders.
April 29th, 2018 8:11pm
For me, I experienced (and continue to do so) body dysmorphia due to emotional trauma growing up with an abusive mother. She would constantly put me on diets and obsess over any blemishes on my skin. I still can't see myself as anything but grotesquely overweight despite the input from doctors and professionals to the contrary. I literally cannot understand how they see me as thin when i have been so completely inundated with the lesson that i am horribly fat and in need of restrictions.
May 26th, 2018 8:51am
Body dysmorphia is where your perspective of yourself is morphed into a false perception of how you look, and it is different from how others see you.
June 1st, 2018 2:17pm
It is when you look at yourself in the mirror and see a fat/distorted figure staring back at you no matter how beautiful you look in reality.
June 8th, 2018 2:11pm
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a distinct mental disorder in which a person is preoccupied with an imagined physical defect or a minor defect that others often cannot see. It's extremely important to seek assistance/advice if you feel that you're suffering from this.
June 16th, 2018 7:46pm
Body dysmorphia is when a person obsess over something that they think is a flaw about them. For example this could be that the person believes that their thighs are to big so they don't wear shorts and only think about how bug their thighs are.
June 22nd, 2018 5:46pm
The way you perceive yourself and your body is not how others perceive you in reality
July 18th, 2018 3:32pm
When you have a distorted view of your own body in a negative way. You see yourself too thin, thick, weak, etc. You see characteristics on yourself that are not true and are hurtful.
July 19th, 2018 6:56pm
When someone has body dysmorphia, they usually have an inaccurate view of their own bodies. For example, they may believe that their bodies are bigger or smaller than they actually are, which can sometimes trigger disordered eating behaviors.
July 28th, 2018 1:02pm
Personal disconnection from your body and heavy dissociation caused by your body not looking like your brain/yourself perceives.
August 5th, 2018 5:15am
A mental illness involving obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance.
August 6th, 2018 5:42am
Body dysmorphia is seeing yourself often significantly differently than how others would see you, typically revolving around a specific part of our bodies or overall appearance. It's a preoccupation with a perceived flaw in how we look, such as a slim person perceiving their thighs to be extremely large, 'fat', and somewhere where they need to lose more weight from, when objectively they may not be what the individual thinks of them as at all.