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Do i have BDD?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 2, 2009
  • 10:25 PM

I think i started obsessing about my appearance when i was 13, that's as far back as i remember, i began to notice many bad things in my appearance, and i spent most of my time looking in the mirror. I'm now 20. I dropped out of school at 14(home schooled) , and now i need to go to college, but i don't. I'm almost a recluse, and when i go out (very rarely), i am soo conscious i feel like dying. I go to VERY great lengths to avoid people.
My biggest concern is my face size, but there are other things as well. I measure my face size quite often....
I can't socialize at all, and every night i spend the whole night looking in the mirror, i've done this for years. I can't afford surgery. I don't know what to do....i can't live with myself anymore. It's getting worse i think (if it can). If i have to go out i start panicking, i can't stand being around other people and them looking at me. My family is suffering too, i constantly ask them for reassurance, and i'm too dependent on them, I can't live like this anymore....what do i do

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  • no i don't think u have it
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  • It sounds like a very strong possibility. I myself have dealt with eating disorders and distorted body image for quite some time and I have the exact same anxieties about my stomach and arms that you seem to have about your face. The constant obsession, analysis, withdrawl, anxiety, anger, etc. are all part of BDD. Id at all possible you should see a good therapist. There are some amazing things out there that will help you get your life back.
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