“If only I could look like….”

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.



About cschaffer78

I'm a family practice physician in Evansville, IN. My practice is described as "full-spectrum" family practice, meaning I see patients "from cradle to grave". I care for men and women of all ages, I deliver babies, and even follow my patients when they are hospitalized. Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider
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