ISLAMABAD – Very often we ask silly questions when standing in front of mirror “Am I ugly or do I just feel ugly? Is what I see when I look in the mirror what other people see or do they see me through different eyes?”
Almost all of us have something we dislike about our body like a chubby tummy, crow’s feet, tiny eyes, rough hair, acne etc.
Being constantly preoccupied and upset about body imperfections or appearance flaws is called body dysmorphic disorder.
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a condition that involves obsessions, which are distressing thoughts that repeatedly intrude into a person’s awareness.
According to Katharine Phillips, MD, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, BDD leads to depression, anxiety, shame, and other negative emotions, Dr. Phillips says, and significantly interferes with day-to-day functioning. Some people with BDD become homebound or even suicidal. In fact, a large proportion of people with BDD think about and attempt suicide, Phillips says: “This disorder needs to be taken seriously and appropriately treated.”
BDD has been called “imagined ugliness” because the appearance issues the person is obsessing about usually are so small that others don’t even notice them. Or, if others do notice them, they consider them minor.
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