Why body dysmorphic disorder patients prefer suicide

Why body dysmorphic disorder patients prefer suicide

Ansonia : CT : USA | Jun 07, 2012 at 12:30 PM PDT
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Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a condition that is related to obsessive compulsive disorder. According to webmd.com, People with BDD are preoccupied with some imagined physical defect that others cannot see. As a result, people with this disorder see themselves as "ugly" and often avoid social exposure or turn to plastic surgery to try to improve their appearance.

In body dysmorphic disorder, people are basically obsessed with a specific body part. There entire focus is to somehow improve the look or shape of that specific body part. This results in ritualistic behavior like watching oneself in the mirror again and again or asking a friend or family member about that body part repeatedly. This obsession in body dysmorphic disorder increases so much that the affected person isolates himself or herself from the community and suffers perpetually. This kind of disorder has almost equal ratio of existence in both male and female. However, the teenage time is the prime time for this disorder to attack a normal person.

Teenagers are very much obsessed with their looks, but it does not necessarily imply that everyone has body dysmorphic disorder. There are certain common areas of concern for people with body dysmorphic disorder. The major ones include presence or absence of body hair, skin imperfections, body weight and imperfect facial features.

Popular symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder include looking into the mirror time and again, constantly pleading for reassurance from a friend or family member about a visible defect and loss of concentration in social affairs due to inability to stop focusing about the perceived defect. Body dysmorphic disorder patients also prefer isolation over social activeness.

The worst part about this disorder is that people with BDD also find suicide the best way to relieve themselves. According to an article titled Body Dysmorphic Disorder Dieting Linked to More Suicide Attempts by Rick Nauert PHD, “More than 75 percent of people with BDD feel life is not worth living or think about suicide in their lifetime, and approximately 25 percent have a history of a suicide attempt. This danger can be averted if Psychologists, impart awareness regarding the disorder."

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Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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