Some people look normal but are so obsessed about their looks, that they find themselves ugly. Although looks have become very important for us of late, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is not normal. It is a perception of defect in body which does not exist, caused by a mental disorder that has some physical symptoms, or some form of eating disorder, or both in some cases. The glamour world shows abnormally perfect bodies, which are actually unhealthy, for looking good on screen.
According to psychiatrist Dayal Mirchandani, these are psychiatric disorders with no grounds in reality. There are many cases of people who are just not ready to listen to the doctor that their body is just fine. They would go on taking the opinion of many doctors. He added that the pop star Michael Jackson was an example of this disorder. Such people never realise that their hankering for the perfect look does more harm than good.
Typical traits of a person suffering from BDD are:
The ideal way of treating this condition is cognitive behavioural therapy. In this treatment, a therapist helps the person to examine his views better and change them for the better. It is a thankless task with painstaking patience and hard work required. The support of family members and loved ones is critical factors in helping such a person improve. Since 2 percent of the population is affected by this disorder, it is a challenge for the behavioural therapists, especially when we know that glamour in the media is not the only cause behind it. It tends to run in families.
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