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Body Dysmorphia


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You're
not alone
with
body dysmorphia
Body dysmorphia
is the
19th
most common reason
for therapy

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63
males

with body dysmorphia
talk to therapists

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123
females

with body dysmorphia
talk to therapists

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Body dysmorphia is a mental health condition. It is also known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

Symptoms

Which ones do you experience?
Thoughts
9
Obsessions
about body flaws that to others are unobservable or slight
Feelings
6
Anxiety
5
Distress
significant
Behaviours
5
Compulsions
repetitive comparing of physical appearance to others, grooming, mirror checking, skin picking or reassurance seeking
0
Impairment
significant

Causes

2
Genes
relative with depression, body dysmorphia or OCD
3
Events
triggers include abuse, bullying
2
Brain
chemical imbalance
2
Uncertain

Diagnosis

Adults

Obsessions
about body flaws that to others are unobservable or slight
1 (or more)
Compulsions
repetitive comparing of physical appearance to others, grooming, mirror checking, skin picking or reassurance seeking
Distress
significant
orImpairmentsignificant
Absent
Thoughts are true
Poor
Thoughts are probably true
Good
Thoughts are not true
Other
Symptoms are not due
to another condition or
a substance


nice.org.uk recommends
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
for body dysmorphia

For negative thoughtsFocus on the presentFor Adults
Therapists

55 therapists
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Thoughts
WorryAttention mindfulness. Practice 5 mins daily to benefit. Place a book in front of you. Look at the book cover, but think about a worry. Rate Anxiety
0
Look at the book cover and think about it. When thoughts wander, refocus on the book. When feelings occur, refocus on the book. Rerate Anxiety
0
WorryBreath mindfulness. Practice 5 mins daily to benefit. Think about a worry. Rate Anxiety
0
Inhale and exhale. Focus on the sensations of breathing. When thoughts wander, refocus on the sensations. Rerate Anxiety
0
Feelings
TensionNotice it, release it. Practice daily to benefit. Sit comfortably. Arms in lap, knees bent, feet on floor. Where do you feel tension?
Arms
Hands
Forehead
Eyes
Nose
Jaw
Neck
Shoulders
Back
Chest
Stomach
Legs
Feet
AnxietyBreathe well. Practice 1 min daily to benefit. Breathe deeply into stomach. Put 1 hand on chest. Aim to keep it still. Put 1 hand on stomach. Aim to let it rise and fall. Inhale through nose for 4 seconds. Hold for 1 second. Exhale through mouth for 4 seconds. Repeat.
AnxietyFeeling mindfulness. Practice 5 mins daily to benefit. Where do you feel anxiety?
Arms
Hands
Forehead
Eyes
Nose
Jaw
Neck
Shoulders
Back
Chest
Stomach
Legs
Feet

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Written by Richard Snowdon
Updated 12 August 2020
Next check 01 January 2021
Sources

Statistics findatherapist.co.uk Symptoms Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition Causes NHS Diagnosis Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition Cognitive Behavioural Therapy National Institute for Health and Care Excellence