I saw an article on Yahoo! that struck me. A model drew on her body what changes would need to be made for her to have a Barbie-like figure. http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/the-plastic-surgery-a-model-needs-to-look-like-barbie-2584798/
So many patients, both men and women, have issues with their bodies. In extreme cases, some people even suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder
What is body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)?
Its a serious illness when a person is preoccupied with minor or imaginary physical flaws. A person with this tends to have cosmetic surgery.
What are the symptoms of BDD?
- Being preoccupied with minor or imaginary physical flaws.
- Having a lot of anxiety and stress about the perceived flaw and spending a lot of time focusing on it.
- Strong belief that you have an abnormality or defect in your appearance that makes you ugly
- Frequent examination of yourself in the mirror or, conversely, avoidance of mirrors altogether
- Belief that others take special notice of your appearance in a negative way
- Extreme self-consciousness
- Refusal to appear in pictures
- Avoidance of social situations
- The need to wear excessive makeup or clothing to camouflage perceived flaws
- Intensely obsessing over your appearance and body image, often for many hours a day.
- Seeking out numerous cosmetic procedures to try to “fix” your perceived flaws, but never are satisfied
What is the treatment for BDD?
- Medications: Serotonin reuptake inhibitors are antidepressants that decrease the obsessive and compulsive behaviors.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy.