Body Dysmorphic Disorder: What You Need to Know
Some success has been shown using behavior modification alone, in which the therapist works with the patient to actively participate in social activities without camouflaging or hiding their perceived or minor flaw, and encouraging them to verbally compare their flaw with others in an open setting. Group therapy and support groups have also been shown to be successful in helping people overcome BDD, just as well as associated disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia.
Successfully coping with unrealistic body image takes support from family and friends, care, and most importantly, a desire to change the way a person allocates their own self-worth.
Understanding what is biologically healthy is important, just as much as knowing what is unhealthy and potentially dangerous. Knowing what is average is also important. That means not using magazine images as a par-level, but rather the people who populate the local area.A star or starlet will almost always have their image graphically manipulated for publication, and their portrayal of perfection is engineered and subjective. A person should focus on what makes them happy and satisfied, rather than what annoys, irritates or saddens them.
Constantly thinking of bad weather will make a person depressed, just as constantly analyzing their appearance will foster an unhealthy obsession. Focus on positive aspects in your daily life -- children, friends, achievements -- and be satisfied. Work towards being healthy and happy, not perfect and obsessed.