Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
Do you spend a lot of time thinking about how bad you look and wishing you could change your body or your face? Do you find that this prevents you from participating in normal social events or activities and inhibits you from forming intimate relationships?
You do not need to suffer alone.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a recognised anxiety which regrettably is becoming more prevalent as people are exposed to more impossibly perfect looking people online and in magazines. A lot of these models have been ‘digitally’ enhanced. You cannot digitally change yourself but, through effective clinical hypnotherapy you absolutely can enhance your feelings about yourself and how you behave. Several sites describe BDD as worrying about how you look, but really it is worrying about how you don’t look good enough.
An important fact to know is that if you suffer from Body dysmorphic disorder it does not mean that you are ‘vain’ or ‘self-obsessed’. What it means is that you do not like yourself, you are feeling worthless, inadequate and you are judging yourself harshly. You may have uncomfortable feelings of guilt and shame. You may feel isolated or lonely because you do not feel comfortable participating in social activities. Do you use alcohol or another drug to feel more confident? You may have feelings that you want to self-harm. It is important for you to address your difficult feelings because when thinking negatively about your body or face becomes an obsession you can develop certain routines or compulsions which, in turn lead to increased unhappiness. You may feel ‘compelled’ to constantly look in mirrors to examine your features. A sense of time could be lost as you become absorbed in studying yourself. Eventually you may become depressed, finding normal day to day activities increasingly difficult
It is important for you to feel good about who you are. Hypnotherapy is a very effective treatment for changing negative thinking and enabling you to feel much better about yourself. One of the most helpful things that you can do now is to try to stop comparing yourself with other people who you ‘think’ look so much nicer than you.