BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER (BDD)

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disorder characterized by an obsessive preoccupation that some aspect of one’s own appearance is severely flawed and warrants exceptional measures to hide or fix it. In BDD’s delusional variant, the flaw is imagined. If the flaw is actual, its importance is severely exaggerated. Either way, one’s thoughts about it are pervasive and intrusive, occupying up to several hours a day. The DSM-5 categorizes BDD in the obsessive‚ÄĒcompulsive spectrum, and distinguishes it from anorexia nervosa.

A fairly common mental disorder, estimated to affect up to 2.4% of the population, BDD usually starts during adolescence, and affects men and women roughly equally. Generally this arises due to some incidents that make the victims believe that they have flaws and these believes then change into the habit of hiding it. In sessions, we look into the past experiences of incidents so as to understand how and why these thoughts permeate life in the here and now and look to eradicate this as the symptom and not the cause.

Work with Poppy:

We recognise that each individual’s situation is different, which is why we ensure that everyone has a unique consulting plan tailored to their needs. The work can involve:

  • Identifying what has been and is going on in your environment that may be contributing to the issues you’re facing.
  • Assessing how this behaviour serves you on a deeper level i.e. all behaviours ultimately have a benefit or we wouldn’t use them.
  • Understanding the costs and consequences of behaviour, the effect on relationships and potential opportunities lost.
  • Discussing the cycle of thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
  • Identifying inner conflicts that sabotage progression and wellness.
  • Learning about emotional suppression and the psychology of emotion.
  • Developing open, authentic relating so that any disturbing behaviour is no longer needed as a strategy for coping.
  • Discovering and then mastering the methods for building and maintaining a healthy, happy, progressive and successful future.