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    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?
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    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?
    This is a difficult one but I guess whether you have BDD and actually you look completely fine by ordinary standards or whether you don't have the condition but you're just deeply uncomfortable with the way you look to the point it's affecting you so badly... Then whatever treatment you might get for that condition would most probably help anyway i.e. Things that increase your confidence to lead a more healthy lifestyle... Seeing friends, going out etc.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    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?
    Are you afraid of people seeing you as ugly/deformed, or are you simply afraid of people judging your actions, and you, for not being good/pretty enough?
 
 
 
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