Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a body-image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance.
People with BDD can’t control their negative thoughts and don’t believe people who tell them that they look fine. Their thoughts may cause severe emotional distress and interfere with their daily functioning. This can lead to low self-esteem, avoidance of social situations, isolation, thoughts of suicide and problems at work or school.
Do you Suffer From Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)?
A person can suffer from body dysmorphic disorder in isolation. However, it can co-occur with other medical conditions such as anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder as well as depression and eating disorders. BDD can also be misdiagnosed as one of these disorders because they share similar symptoms. Determining whether body dysmorphic disorder is an autonomous condition or a symptom of another disorder is critical in creating an effective treatment plan.
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Unlike the “medical-model” or “disease model” that the majority of mental health clinicians and medical doctors adhere to; I utilize a personal growth and brain-based model in working with clients. the personal growth model strives to remove pathology from the human condition. Psychotherapy deals with the social, mental, and emotional aspects of individuals, couples and families. Within the personal growth model, the individual is referred to as a client because the individual is perceived to have areas of strength and resources that need to be cultivated to address their areas of self-improvement and to establish new patterns of social behavior.
Operating from a personal growth model requires that therapists are client-centered and focus on client needs and utilize approaches that will result in desired change. The goal is to empower clients by teaching them skills and strategies that will allow them to have victory over their concerns and to have a meaningful existence. The objective is to teach clients to be proactive about their lives, self-sufficient and establish a healthy interdependence. It is my intention that clients leave therapy feeling confident to address their concerns because they have established a healthy mental and emotional frame of mind and have been equipped with effective life tools to cope with a challenging fast-paced technologically advanced and modernized world.