What is it?

If you seem to be excessively preoccupied with flaws or defects in a particular part of your body, or aspects of your physical self, you may be experiencing Body Dysmorphic Disorder. 

What does it feel like?

In most cases, you will see a perceived defect in something (such as the size of your nose, or the shape of your face) despite other telling you that these flaws are not there, or are tiny.  You may keep checking in the mirror, comparing yourself with others, grooming excessive or frequently seek reassurance from others.  You may also avoid social situations, or worry excessively about others noticing this perceived flaw, and will take steps to manage this by avoiding, or covering up this perceived defect. 

Potential therapy options

Usually the best treatment options for this difficulty are based around increasing your knowledge of the problem, having a better understanding of your thinking, and making some changes to your behaviour.  The evidence suggested cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is usually the most effective treatment.  You may find that working one-to-one with a CBT therapist is the most effective treatment for this problem, but some people find that some blended working with a therapist and SilverCloud online CBT is especially helpful.

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