If you have body dysmorphic disorder, it may help you to talk to a therapist. Here's a selection of the verified and qualified therapists on PlusGuidance who can help you identify and work with you to overcome this. Most of them offer consultations.
Thinking one of your barely noticeable features (e.g. scar, nose, birth mark) are embarrassing, ugly or "defective"
Avoiding social situations and meeting others
Using a lot of effort concealing your perceived physical faults and over-grooming yourself
Exercising or dieting excessively to "look better"
Being worried that others will perceive you as self-obsessed or vain if they find our about your worries
Spending a lot of time in front of mirrors, or deliberately avoiding mirrors
Comparing your looks a lot to other people's
Feeling distressed and unhappy with particular things about your looks, most commonly the face
The distress and misery or BDD can lead to self-harming and thinking about suicide.
The rumination, fear, feelings of shame and social withdrawal of BDD can lead to depression.
The way you relate to others and communicate are affected by your self-esteem and the way you feel, so relational issues can arise with BDD.
You may try to forget about your worries by using drugs or drinking excessively.
The anxiety you feel about your appearance can develop into routines and compulsive rituals you feel are helping you manage your perceived faults.
"I had some consultations and then found the therapist I’m now working successfully with. PlusGuidance is giving people opportunities that just haven’t existed before - a new way to approach mental health treatment."
If what we describe above sounds like you, it may be worth talking to a qualified therapist that can help you work your way through this. PlusGuidance is a convenient way to get access to the right therapist for you. The website has a broad list of therapists specialising in body dysmorphic disorder and other challenges so you’re bound to find the right one for you.
PlusGuidance also offers you four ways to have sessions with your preferred therapist: Online video, voice calls, messaging or in-person at the therapist's office. All online communications are secure and comply with the highest standards of data protection.
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