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  • Naisha Bhambri

What is body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)?

Body dysmorphia is a mental health disorder where a person often spends a lot of time obsessing over flaws in their body. This disorder is commonly found in today’s teenagers but anyone of any age can suffer through BDD, regardless of age or gender.

A person with BDD wouldn’t dare to look at themselves in the mirror without pointing out flaws in themselves that most of the time are unnoticeable to others. They tend to avoid mirrors altogether. They consider themselves “ugly” and usually turn to plastic surgery to change their appearance. People who suffer with BDD often start off with extreme confidence issues, low self-esteem, and jealousy. They compare themselves to everyone around them and refuse to believe compliments. They put tons of effort to conceal their flaws like -

  • Spending a lot of time applying makeup

  • Choosing certain clothes

  • Being serious about what they eat

  • Constantly asking for reassurance on their appearance

  • Feeling self-conscious and not wanting to go out in public

BDD development may also be influenced by peer pressure and a culture that equates value and beauty with outward appearance. BDD is curable, which is a good thing. It is suggested that you speak with a friend or a therapist about your situation. Being patient will help you learn to appreciate yourself, even though it will take time. Reading self-love literature is also encouraged, as is gaining self-assurance, and accepting who you are. Gain some support from close relatives or friends who can be there for you and have faith in the process.

This case illustrates that the idea of self-ugliness in BDD may extend beyond self as proxy manifestation.

"Accepting your flaws is the path to perfection."

― Bridgett Devoe

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Feb 03, 2023


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