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Have I got BDD? am serious help me plz

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 31, 2007
  • 00:33 AM

Hello I am 19 years old
For about two years i have been quite depressed I cannot stand how I look, I am very sensitive and one comment from another person regarding my look can make me feel so low almost suicidal.

My friends had all enough, people might think I am vain I cry like a baby when I see how nice other people look and how weird looking I am.

I through about plastic surgery and i feel so lowww I go uni and I am trying to make something of myself but lately I just want to stay at home.

When I am at home I dont have to compare myself to other person people wont judge how i look.

This is driving crazy and soon I have to go back to Uni and i just want to stay at home forever i cant talk to my family as they religious and would think I am really vain and stupid.

I am loosing everything over this.:(

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  • It sounds like there is an obessive component to your thinking and that is what is making you sick. I do not know how you look but in many social circles appearance doesn't matter. It is what's inside that counts. Do not put all of your eggs in the appearance basket. Work on other aspects of yourself that are within your control. Personality traits and intellect can be even more importantr then how somebody looks on the outside. Worrying about your looks all of the time makes you unappraochable. The more you focus on you positive attributes, the more positive attributes you will discover. It's time to start looking away from the mirror and into your self!
    FreeSpirit27 14 Replies
    • January 16, 2008
    • 02:11 AM
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  • Hi. I'm sorry for your pain. I actually agree with you that you may have BBD. I'm certainly not a doctor, but the things you describe (depression, plastic surgery, suicide, etc) all point to that. PLEASE talk to an MD about this. Read this...it may help you. Body dysmorphic disorderFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, searchBody dysmorphic disorderClassification & external resourcesICD-10F45.2ICD-9300.7DiseasesDB33723eMedicinemed/3124 Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disorder that involves a distorted body image. It is generally diagnosed in those who are extremely critical of their physique or self-image, despite the fact there may be no noticeable disfigurement or defect.Everyone wishes they could change or improve some aspect of their physical appearance, but people suffering from BDD, generally of normal or even highly attractive appearance, believe that they are so unspeakably hideous that they are unable to interact with others or function normally for fear of ridicule and humiliation at their appearance. They tend to be very secretive and reluctant to seek help because they are afraid others will think them vain or they may feel too embarrassed to do so.Ironically, BDD is often misunderstood as a vanity-driven obsession, whereas it is quite the opposite; people with BDD believe themselves to be irrevocably ugly or defective.BDD combines obsessive and compulsive aspects, which links it to the OCD spectrum disorders among psychologists. People with BDD may engage in compulsive mirror checking behaviors or mirror avoidance, typically think about their appearance for more than one hour a day, and in severe cases may drop all social contact and responsibilities as they become homebound. The disorder is linked to an unusually high suicide rate among all mental disorders.A German study has shown that 1-2% of the population meet all the diagnostic criteria of BDD, with a larger percentage showing milder symptoms of the disorder (Psychological Medicine, vol 36, p 877). Chronically low self-esteem is characteristic of those with BDD, due to the value of oneself being so closely linked with one's perceived appearance. The prevalence of BDD is equal in men and women, and causes chronic social anxiety for those suffering from the disorder.Phillips & Menard (2006) found the completed suicide rate in patients with BDD to be 45 times higher than in the general US population. This rate is more than double that of those with clinical depression and three times as high as those with bipolar disorder. There has also been a suggested link between undiagnosed BDD and a higher than average suicide rate among people who have undergone cosmetic surgery. A similar disorder, Gender identity disorder, where the patient is upset with his or her entire sexual biology, often precipitates BDD-like feelings being directed specifically at external sexually dimorphic features, which are in constant conflict with the patient's internal psychiatric gender. This high rate of comorbidity of BDD in GID patients results in an estimated suicide attempt rate of 20%; the suicide attempt rate for patients with only BDD is 15%.
    anarcisi 3 Replies
    • February 17, 2008
    • 08:31 PM
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  • Hey I have this too :( I am so sorry u are in the same position. I am afraid i will fail uni and lose everything but i am just so ugly i want to tear my face apart and get it made all over again..cosmetic surgery. But I heard there is help for us with CBT (cognitive behavioral theray or hynotherapy).. this is a mental illness and it is not our fault. You should go to see a doctor or specialist or get some self-help books on it.If u want to contact me i'd like it, we could help eachother =) my email is hedone4@yahoo.co.ukTake care of yourselfX X
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 3, 2008
    • 02:02 AM
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  • Hello I am 19 years oldFor about two years i have been quite depressed I cannot stand how I look, I am very sensitive and one comment from another person regarding my look can make me feel so low almost suicidal.My friends had all enough, people might think I am vain I cry like a baby when I see how nice other people look and how weird looking I am.I through about plastic surgery and i feel so lowww I go uni and I am trying to make something of myself but lately I just want to stay at home.When I am at home I dont have to compare myself to other person people wont judge how i look.This is driving crazy and soon I have to go back to Uni and i just want to stay at home forever i cant talk to my family as they religious and would think I am really vain and stupid.I am loosing everything over this.:(Yes hi there from what i read you may have BDD the reason i can say this is because i was diagnoised with this and your symtoms are common among us with Bdd. The only advice i can give is see a counselor like i did or join a group for people with Bdd, then find out if it is possible to go on a low dose of meds along with therapy.(Chances are you have been through alot of trauma in your life talk throught your problems you will get hopefully get past them and its almost garenteed your bdd will approve! best of luck !)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 22, 2009
    • 04:49 PM
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  • hi im suzanne and i suffer from bdd. i am wondering if theres anyone with bdd i could chat to? please.....
    suzanne995 1 Replies
    • September 2, 2009
    • 08:24 PM
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