At some point or another most of us feel unhappy about the way or an aspect of how we look, but these thoughts comes and goes and can even be forgotten.
However, for someone with BDD the thought of a flaw is very distressing and does not go away. Even though other people may think there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with the way such person looks.
‘You look just fine…’ ‘You are being too fussy…’
‘You should be grateful you are alive.. ‘
Are just a few of the rhetorics uttered in ignorance.
Unfortunate for the person sufferering as it can lead to depression, self-harm and/or thoughts of suicide, with frequent suicide attempts. Sadly these aren’t uncommon for the sufferer.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder whereby a person is abnormally preoccupied with an imagined defect in their physical appearance that is not observable or appears only miniscule to others.
Just like the term OCD, the term BDD is frequently misused and is sometimes unhelpfully called the ‘imagined ugliness’ disorder by those who fail to recognise the severity of distress caused by the disorder.
You and I might not be suffering from body dismorphia but that’s not a good enough reason to not highlight and engage the subject matter. In our attempt to be and remain positive we often deliberately or unconsciously ignore mental health issues while our love ones suffer in silence.
A compliment, a kind word cost us nothing but could be the catalyst that positively impacts another’s person entire day.