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.
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.
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