Understanding the Causes of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Abbreviated as BBD, Body dysmorphic disorder is a condition which involves obsessions. This condition causes an individual to have a distorted perception of how he or she looks. As a result, they may spend so much time worrying about how they look.
Individuals with BDD may focus on what appears as a facial flaw, but they also tend to worry so much about other body parts, like breast size, short legs or the shape of their body. People suffering from BDD will become obsessed with an aspect of their appearance. Such people may worry too much about a scarred face, dissimilar eyes, that their noses are too big or that they have lips that are too thin.
Typical Causes of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
The specific cause of BDD is not known. Like several other mental disorders, body dysmorphic disorder
may be brought about by a combination of factors, like:
•Genes-numerous studies show that BDD occurs more commonly in individuals whose blood relatives have this obsessive-compulsive disorder or this condition.
• Brain differences: another possible cause of BDD is neurochemistry or abnormalities in brain structure.
• Environment: the environment, culture, and life experiences could also be contributing factor to BDD. It is especially where they involve pessimistic, negative social assessment about your self-image or body.
What are the risk factors?
Factors which triggers BDD. These includes:
• Negative life experiences, for instance, childhood trauma and teasing
• Beauty expectations or societal pressures
• Certain personality traits for example perfectionism
• Suffering from another psychiatric disorder, for example, depression, or anxiety
Typical behaviors of people with BDD
BBD can have a serious effect on daily life, usually affecting social life, work, and relationships. An individual with BDD may:
• Spend too much time on the mirror, but may avoid mirrors altogether at other times
• Constantly compare their appearance to other people
• Spend considerable time hiding what they believe are defects
• Excessively diet and exercise
• Feel uneasy when around other people and may sometimes avoid social situations altogether
• Seek medical solution for the perceived defect. For instance, they could go for cosmetic surgery, which may not necessarily relieve their stress.
• Become stressed by an area of their body (usually the face)
• Be very reluctant to seek help and also very secretive, since they believe that they will be seen by others as self-obsessed or vain.
In Conclusion, Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a condition where an individual is obsessed with perceived defect. The defect could be a small scar on the face. The affected person spends a lot of time trying to correct the defect and always believes that people will notice it. It has many causes include childhood experiences, environment, and genetics.