Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/3/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys im new so sorry if I am doing this completley wrong...anyone else with BDD out there? in serious need of some kind of support/ someone else who understands how i feel

Hope everyone has a great day!

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/3/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to Healing Well, LG! So good to have you with us!
I have found so much support, validation and encouragement here, and hope you will too!

This is not an illness that I know much about but I am sure others will have information for you.

I have read  it's good to keep a BDD journal, and jot down your thoughts and chart how extreme your feelings of BDD are at that particular time. After some time, you'll notice that a pattern forms, and certain situations are much more likely to cause an attack than others. Once you find what these situations are, you can make the choice of avoiding them if they are unbeneficial to you, or trying to face them, but with a new understanding. You can use CBT skills to help find your way through situations that would normally cause an attack.

I am sorry this is something you have to struggle with, take care of you.

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 6/4/2007 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi LG, Welcome to Healing Well forum.  You know I havent seen anyone here post about BDD but, this doesnt mean that someone here doesnt suffer from this disorder.  I know a lot of times people are afraid or reluctant to write about different things that havent already been posted before.

I realize this is an extremely difficult disorder to handle and those of us who dont suffer from this are not qualified to offer suggestions nor advice on how you should go about managing it on a day to day basis.  I wonder if you are seeking help from a professional such as a psychiatrist or counselor?  As this is really where you can learn some of the psychological reasons for it and skills on how to deal with it.

As for seeking support here there is nothing wrong in that what so ever.  Even if you dont find someone on this forum who has this exact disorder we are always willing to listen and support you in anyway possible.  In addition, if you need some help in finding a forum that does cater to BDD please do e-mail me personally (my address is below my username) and I will be happy to help you.  We are not allowed to post or promote other forums on this board but I would try to help you find one where you may get the support and encouragement that you seek.

Take care 

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 6/4/2007 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much guys =) i really appreciate the welcome...I'm not having a particuliarly great day so its was really nice to see that someone cared and posted back. The journal sounds like a good idea and I think I'll gave that a try for a while!
Hope everyone has a great day!

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   Posted 6/5/2007 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I too wanted to welcome you to the forum. I really hope you find the answers that you are looking for.

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Chronic Depression, Panic Attacks,Anxiety Attacks,Anorexia
Meds I have taken throughout the years:Wellbutrin,Tranxene,Paxil,Prozac,Valium,
Currently taking none.

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   Posted 6/5/2007 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never actually been diagnosed with it, but then again I've never talked about my feelings with anyone. I hate to self diagnose, but I've always had a suspicion that it's BDD, which has been the cause for past eating disordered behavior. Sometimes I know it's irrational and silly, but I look in the mirror and I really, honestly see someone who is fat, out of shape, just gross. Well, mainly just my stomach. And lately my face since being on prednisone has rounded it out a bit and I'm constantly worrying about if people are thinking "Look how fat Edie's gotten". My arms and legs are pretty skinny, not very proportionate. And I'm 118lbs and 5'9" which, really, is considered underweight, but I don't feel that way. Sometimes, it's literally all I can think about. Every time I walk by a mirror or window, I catch myself looking at my reflection to make sure I look okay, make sure I'm keeping my stomach tight, I usually just wear a hoodie or something zipped up to hide it I guess.

The only other thing I've felt this obsessive about is my eyes. For the longest time, and still now but not as often, I couldn't make lingering eye contact with people because I'm absolutely convinced that I have a lazy eye, and I feel like they're just looking at it and making fun of me in their head, but even my eye doctor told me that my eyes are perfectly straight. It's frustrating.

I don't know. I can't really offer much advice and I'm sorry for going off on such a tangent! I just wanted to let you know that I do understand, and you're not alone!
Female, 21, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia from long term prednisone use

Currently taking 5mg of prednisone (down from 40! Almost done...)
10 mg Lexapro
Waiting to start back on Azathioprine...

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