BDD: A PLASTIC SURGEON’S FAVOURITE PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER
Of all the known classified disorders in the DSM IV, Body Dysmorphic disorder is probably the least researched and less prevalent than all Somatoform disorders. So much so, that a lot of psychology students have either never even heard of it, or else are unaware of it being a Somatoform disorder, until they start studying clinical psychology. If this is the case, then we cannot really blame the multitude of ignorance, which have had no experience with psychology. The first time I heard the term was roughly about 10 years ago, on The Oprah Winfrey Show( you have to admit, nothing escapes that woman), wherein she interviewed two people diagnosed as having BDD. Now, while dissatisfaction with one’s body and appearances are common with all of us, the two of them were however on a different plane of thinking all together. The first person was this dashingly handsome “rico suave” kinda guy you’d ever have seen. The kind if he was a movie star then girls would stick his posters all over their bedroom walls. And there he sat on Oprah’s couch, calling himself ugly. He went as far as to say that there were days when he never looked in the mirror for fear of killing himself stemming from pure self loathing and disgust? How was that even possible, I thought to myself? He was 6 feet tall for heaven’s sake! And then Oprah went on to explain the peculiar nature of the little known disorder called BDD. Today, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, as it is described in the DSM IV, is diagnosed in people who are overly critical of their mirror image and physical appearances, even though there are no noticeable “flaws” or defects. They generally disagree with outside opinion, who even protest that there is any flaw at all. However the sufferers convince themselves to be unspeakably hideous and revolting, pushing themselves into depression, low self esteem, and even suicide. Suicide rates are higher by almost double for BDD then...
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