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Understanding and Combating Body Dysmorphia

June 12, 20242 min read

Understanding and Combating Body Dysmorphia


Body Dysmorphia, also known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), is a mental health disorder where an individual obsesses over perceived flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often minor or not observable to others. However, people with BDD can spend hours each day worrying about their appearance. This can cause significant emotional distress and impact their ability to function in their daily life.

Recognizing Body Dysmorphia

Recognizing the signs of BDD is the first step towards combating it. Symptoms may include:

  • Constantly checking the mirror or avoiding mirrors altogether

  • Believing that a specific body part or feature is unattractive or flawed

  • Engaging in repetitive behaviors like skin picking

  • Seeking frequent cosmetic procedures with little satisfaction

  • Avoidance of social situations

The Impact of Body Dysmorphia

BDD is more than just being unhappy with your appearance; it’s a mental health disorder that can lead to anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. It can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender, and can interfere with an individual’s ability to function in their daily life.

Strategies to Combat Body Dysmorphia

Seek Professional Help

If you believe you or someone you know may be suffering from BDD, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective in treating BDD.

Practice Self-Love and Acceptance

Learning to love and accept your body as it is can be a powerful tool in combating BDD. This can be achieved through positive affirmations, mindfulness, and self-care practices.

Stay Active

Regular physical activity can boost your mood and help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Find an activity you enjoy and make it a part of your routine.

Connect with Others

Joining a support group or connecting with others who are experiencing the same struggles can provide comfort, reduce feelings of isolation, and provide practical insights.


Body Dysmorphia is a serious mental health disorder, but with the right help and strategies, individuals can learn to see themselves more clearly and experience life to the fullest. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to talk about what you’re going through. You’re not alone.

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Josh Riggs

Josh Riggs has been in the Fitness industry for over 6 years. As a best-selling author, he has shared his knowledge and insights to inspire and empower individuals on their fitness journeys. Josh is the proud owner of Dedicated Health gym, a fitness facility dedicated to helping people achieve their health and wellness goals. With a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

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