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BDD – Help and Treatment
Conquer Body Dysmorphic Disorder
If you suffer from BDD then you will be well aware of how its effects can limit what you do and can spoil any aspect of your life. You do not need to suffer anymore. You can get help to free yourself from its grip, using methods that are painless to use and rapid in effect.
Many of us are dissatisfied with our looks, it has been estimated that 30 – 40% of us would like to look a little different, but it doesn’t affect our enjoyment of life. And a few of us are more disturbed about the way we look and we might even feel a little anxiety about it occasionally, but it doesn’t affect our lives significantly.
Some unfortunate people, and you may be one of them, have a dissatisfaction that develops into a preoccupation: they think about their problem for hours every day. What began as something most people feel occasionally has grown into a powerful, habitual thought pattern. And this pattern can lead to anxiety, avoidance of society, even social isolation.
If Body dysmorphia affects you then the defect that you worry about will have one of two properties. It might be a defect that everyone else thinks of as minimal or trivial, yet to you it really is glaringly evident and crucially important. Or it might even be what is referred to as an imaginary defect because no one other than you can detect it. But it is real to you.
Offering help to someone by saying that this huge problem is either trivial or imaginary seems to invite rejection. If you have BDD then the problem is important to you and is real to you. Any help has to start from there. But if no one else can see your problem and everyone says that your appearance is OK then perhaps if you saw things their way your problem would disappear. We would like to help you obtain a new viewpoint.
The initial causes of BDD are not known. This behaviour is often (not always) acquired while young, and once it has started it persists. There is no identifiable cause: biological, psychological, social and cultural factors may be involved.
… And solutions
Fortunately, the origin of the problem has no part in its resolution. If you want to be able to deal with this problem and the way it affects your life then the answer lies in what you are doing today; the way that your persistent thoughts dominate your life.
There are ways to help you break the pattern and for you to replace this old pattern with one that you prefer, one that enables you to get on with your life. You can get a new perspective on life as you get a grip on your thoughts.
NLP/Hypnotherapy – retraining the brain
The approaches we use to help you change are hypnotherapy and NLP. They are efficient methods of changing our unconscious thought patterns. When combined in one treatment then you can achieve rapid and permanent changes.
NLP is something you can use in a very conscious way to alter the way that thoughts manifest in your conscious mind; it allows you to control your imagination rather than your imagination controlling you. It is useful to think of it as re-training your conscious mind. We help ensure you use the NLP techniques correctly, and select the techniques most likely to help you.
Hypnotherapy is used to communicate with your unconscious mind at a very deep level. We use both direct and indirect methods to help you re-pattern those destructive thoughts.
Some of the symptoms are listed here. Someone with BDD may have some or all of these.
- The disorder becomes chronic, leading to internal suffering
- Often concerned with facial features, or hair
- Fear of ridicule in social situations
- Seek surgery to remove the defect
- Surgery often leads to a worsening of symptoms.
- BDD may reduce or limit friendships.
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks
How long will this take?
The average number of one-hour sessions needed is three or four, depending on individual circumstances.