Body Dysmorphic Disorder
While many people may not like their appearance all the time, people with Body dysmorphic disorder obsess compulsively over their appearance, never quite happy with how they look. Other symptoms include excessive grooming, refusing to be in photographs, as well as other problems. Many dangers exist with this disorder, even though it primarily deals with cosmetic appearance. Treatment options vary, but the online therapy available from therapists on GoMentor.com may be able to help you deal with this very serious issue before it leads to permanent damage to your mind or body.
Symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
When a person has an extreme preoccupation with how they look and spend countless hours grooming or trying to hide real or perceived physical flaws, it points to body dysmorphic disorder being a problem. A poor self-image is also common with people who have this disorder. Some people go to extremes, refusing to be in pictures because they think they're ugly or not leaving their house so they don't have to appear in public where others can see them.
Dangers of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Depending on the severity of the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder, there are various dangers that exist. For some people, the problem will become so bad that they refuse to leave their house, which can have serious consequences by itself. In addition, there are risks that body dysmorphic disorder may lead to depression or other mental disorders that also have a long list of complications with them.
Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Because of the psychological nature of this disorder, psychotherapy is very successful in dealing with all the symptoms that come with it. Here at GoMentor.com, we combine proven techniques with the power of the Internet so therapists can offer online therapy that can help minimize the risks of body dysmorphic disorder leading to more serious problems. In addition, these trained therapists can help people learn to like their appearance, or at least not hate it as much. With online counseling, emotional support is available, making the online therapy at GoMentor.com one of the most complete forms of treatment for body dysmorphic disorder.
Definition of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder is the inability to stop dwelling on a physical flaw that is either real or imagined. The part of the body obsessed about will vary from person to person, but if a person has poor self-image, has excessive grooming practices, and other symptoms, it may be signs of a problem. Treatment with therapy and counseling are helpful when dealing with body dysmorphic disorder.
Symptoms of / Reasons for Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Preoccupation with physical appearance
- Poor self-image
- Frequent examinations in a mirror
- Excessive grooming
- Refusing to be in pictures
- Continual comparison of appearance with others