Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder when you can’t stop thinking about the flaws in your appearance. When you have body dysmorphic disorder(BDD) , you are very focused on your appearance and body image. 

Repeatedly checking the mirror, overdoing self-care. This situation makes you depressed and greatly affects your ability to carry out daily activities. Behavioral therapy is one way to treat this condition.

Know the Symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

As mentioned earlier, body dysmorphic disorder is characterized by the feeling that something is always lacking in appearance. The detailed symptoms are as follows: 

– Becomes preoccupied with perceived flaws in appearance.

– Strong belief that you have a flaw in appearance.

– Believing that people see your appearance negatively and make fun of you secretly.

– Engage in behavior aimed at correcting or concealing perceived deficiencies that are difficult to deny or control.

– Trying to hide perceived flaws with style, makeup, or clothing.

– Constantly comparing one’s appearance to others.

– Often seek reassurance about your appearance from other people.

– Has perfectionist tendencies.

– Seek cosmetic procedures for the sake of satisfaction.

– Avoid social interactions.

– Too focused on appearance which ultimately causes major stress or problems in social life.

Behavioral Therapy for Handling

One form of treatment for body dysmorphic disorder is behavioral therapy . This therapy focuses on how you study negative thoughts, emotional reactions , and behaviors that focus on appearance and why these things appear.

In behavioral therapy you are also invited to challenge negative thoughts that come automatically about body image and learn more flexible and positive ways of thinking. Learning alternative ways to deal with the urge or habit to check your appearance and efforts to improve mental health are also treatments that are applied in this therapy session.

You and the therapist can discuss the goals of therapy and develop a treatment plan to strengthen problem-solving skills. Usually, this therapy will involve family members, especially if the sufferer is a teenager.

Body dysmorphic disorder requires treatment from a mental health professional. However, you can do some self-discipline to reduce distractions such as:

1. Stick to the treatment plan and don’t skip therapy sessions.

2. Learn about body dysmorphic disorder

3. Know what might be triggering symptoms and make a plan so you know what to do if symptoms occur. 

4. Avoid drugs and alcohol.

5. Active exercise. Physical activity and exercise can help manage many symptoms, such as depression, stress, and anxiety. Consider walking, jogging, swimming, gardening, or doing other physical activities that you enjoy. 

6. Keep a journal to help you better identify negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

7. Don’t be isolated. Try to participate in normal activities and get together regularly with friends and family who can be healthy advocates.

8. Take care of yourself, eat healthy, stay physically active and get enough sleep.

9. Join a support group. Connect with others who are facing similar challenges.