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Obsessive Body Image

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 25, 2008
  • 05:20 AM

I have obsessive body image, in particular to a certain aspect of my body, which I have extreme issues with. I have red about a number of different things which sound quite similar to the things I experience, including reading about "Body Dismorphic Disorder" , but, I cannot say for sure if this is what I suffer from, if anything at all.

But, my appearance in general I am constantly thinking about, but, the one factor which I obsess over is my height, as odd as this may sound. I don't think I have red any other stories about Body Dismorphic Disorder being related to a person's height, and I am wondering if it is logical to think that BDD could be attributed to obsession with height.

I will elaborate when I say "obsession", I think I probably began to notice it a few years ago, and since then the problem has definitely become worse, and more prominent.
When I obsess, I worry about it, and get either of any of the recurring frustration/angry/sad/depressed feelings, and I will think about it, and get these anxious feelings everyday, without fail, but, I think I would be fair to say that I can easily be thinking and worrying about this several times an hour, of everyday.

I do suffer from anxiety (social and otherwise) also, and when I am outside, in public places, as well as the anxiety, over-time, I have gradually begun to compare my height with everyone around me, with everybody who I walk past.

I could probably say more about this, but, I might do that in a reply post, but, I just wanted to make the first step here.

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  • I do the same thing, except, not with my height. I have a weird obsession with my stomach. I always want it better. because i have lost abs, its flabby. but I'm a really skinny girl. I'm about 75lbs, just my abs are not up to par, they're getting back to where i want them, but i want my waist line to be smaller. and its just this variety of different things.but i just wanted to relate, I don't exactly have anything to say since I'm in the same boat with you. Sorry.
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    • October 5, 2008
    • 01:59 PM
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