Hypnotherapy can help with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Millions of people have a secret obsession. they're obsessed with how they look, with a perceived flaw in their appearance. They worry that their nose is too big, their breasts are too small, their skin is blemished, their body is too big, or too small.
Most of us care about how we look-we think about our appearance and try to improve it. The concerns of Body dysmorphic disorder, echo these normal concerns, but they are more extreme. People with BDD not only dislike some aspect of how they look, but they're also preoccupied with it. They do not want to worry as much as they do but feel they can not help it. Many say they are obsessed.
These obsessive thoughts, lead to emotional pain and interfere with their daily life. Some BDD sufferers function very well despite their distress, those around may not know how unhappy they are. When BDD is severe friendships, intimate relationships, and working relationships are often affected,
BDD isn't rare, its the secrecy and shame are part of the reason BDD is unrecognised and undiagnosed.
- Do you dislike or hate your body?
- Do you avoid mirrors?
- Do you spend long periods of time in the mirror obsessing about your appearance?
I can help you with Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Most of us have something we don't like about our appearance — a crooked nose, our thighs being to big, an uneven smile, or eyes that are too small. And though we may fret about our imperfections, they don’t interfere with our daily lives.
But people who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) or a negative body image, think about their real or perceived flaws for hours each day.
They can't control their negative thoughts and don't believe people who tell them that they look fine. Their thoughts may cause severe emotional distress and interfere with their daily functioning. They may miss work or school, avoid social situations and isolate themselves, even from family and friends, because they fear others will notice their flaws.
They may even undergo unnecessary plastic surgeries to correct perceived imperfections, never finding satisfaction with the results.
Characteristics of BDD
BDD is a body-image disorder characterised 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. In reality, a perceived defect may be only a slight imperfection or nonexistent. But for someone with BDD, the flaw is significant and prominent, often causing severe emotional distress and difficulties in daily functioning.
BDD most often develops in adolescents and teens, and research shows that it affects men and women almost equally.
People with BDD suffer from obsessions about their appearance that can last for hours or up to an entire day. Hard to resist or control, these obsessions make it difficult for people with BDD to focus on anything but their imperfections. This can lead to low self-esteem, avoidance of social situations, and problems at work or school.
People with severe BDD may avoid leaving their homes altogether and may even have thoughts of suicide or make a suicide attempt.
BDD sufferers may perform some type of compulsive or repetitive behaviour to try to hide or improve their flaws although this behaviour usually gives only temporary relief. Examples are listed below:
- comparing body part to others' appearance
- seeking surgery
- checking in a mirror and avoiding mirrors
- skin picking
- excessive grooming
- excessive exercise
- changing clothes excessively
- camouflaging (with body position, clothing, makeup, hair, hats, etc.)