Today, I will discuss Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I think many of us may actually have this or some form of its symptoms without even realizing it. Those who have been overweight one time or another in their life seem to grasp that image in their mind and refuse to let it go, no matter what they actually look like to others or in reality. I know for a fact that I have gained weight compared to what I was about 6 months ago. Granted, what I see may not be what others see. I just see someone who is obese and has a lot of weight to lose. When I was a size 0, I just knew I was so fat and had to lose more weight. When I looked at pictures, I was mortified.
First of all, pictures can be taken in many angles allowing a person to look bigger or smaller versus what they look like in person. Second, I seemed to be having a misconstrued self-image. Because now when I look at those pictures, I finally see what other people saw. I was thin. I wonder will it be the same case when I am bigger than I am now, and think to myself, “Wow, I did not look as bad as I thought I was.”
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (n) is a psychological disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with imaginary defects in their appearance. (google.com)
How can this be combated?
In all honesty…. beats me.
Remember, this blog is to inspire others and me. I do not have all the answers. I have to do constant research to find them. I just want to make it easier for my audience in learning, meanwhile healing myself in the process.
ADAA stands for Anxiety and Depression Association of America. By clicking the link, it will directly bring you to the information I am about to summarize regarding Body Dysmorphia. The definition above has already been stated but here are some symptoms of those with this disorder.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder symptoms:
- Constant dwelling on flaws
- Emotional distress caused due to this negative thinking
- Becoming introverted
Note to readers: this disorder affects men and women equally*****
If this sounds like you or someone you know, do the research, and seek help!!!!
At one point, I am almost positive that I experienced symptoms of body dysmorphia to an extent. Granted, I have never been diagnosed with this disorder, so this is A NONFACTUAL self-diagnosis. I am blogging about it because this disorder does exist. I just want to help other people in any way I can by educating on things to look out for and to abstain from these sorts of behaviors.
This is not a healthy way of life. But that is the goal… to be healthy and active.