I have been diagnosed with body dysmorphia, specifically in relation to my facial features. I, however, disagree to a certain extent with the diagnosis.
Admittedly, my concerns over my appearance prevent normal functioning, preventing me from leaving the house, socialising and generally enjoying life. I have really become rather desperate and the support of GPs and psychologists has proven to be ineffective. This could potentially be sufficient for a diagnosis.
However, I believe that I am simply not overly attractive, which has caused me to feel a deep degree of shame and embarrassment. Whilst I acknowledge that someone with the condition may not accept a diagnosis, believing their own interpretation to be accurate, I do not consider myself hideous, merely insufficient.
How can one determine whether they suffer from BDD, or are simply realistically appraising themselves as relatively unnattractive?
BDD or just unnattractive?
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