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HELP AND TREATMENT FOR BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER (BDD) HYPNOSIS, HYPNOTHERAPY, PSYCHOTHERAPY, NORTH LONDON N10, REPETITVE BEHAVIOURS, EXCESSIVE GROOMING, REASSURANCE SEEKING, SKIN PICKING

 
Hypnosis for body dysmorphic disorder
 
help for body dysmorphic disorder London N10

Perhaps thankfully, few of us believe we are the embodiment of physical perfection. Most of us can identify flaws in our appearance and usually, we accept them. Saying this, it is perfectly reasonable to spend time staring into the mirror in contemplation of what could be improved, what could be larger or smaller or lighter or darker or thinner or fatter. For some people, however, this contemplation becomes an obsession that can rapidly deteriorate and ruin their lives.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is generally recognised as one of the most serious of psychological disorders with high rates of suicidal ideation and attempts in both adults and adolescents. Sufferers are usually preoccupied with one or more perceived defects in their physical appearance that are not observable or appear slight to others. Because of this, they usually perform repetitive behaviours (such as mirror checking, excessive grooming or reassurance seeking) and are constantly comparing their appearance with that of others, always from a negative viewpoint.

 

To help you ascertain whether your present condition reflects that of BDD, if you answer yes to any the following questions, it is likely that you are currently suffering from the disorder *:

Are you deeply concerned and preoccupied about the appearance of some part(s) of your body that you consider especially unattractive (examples of areas of concern include your skin, hair, the size or shape of your nose, mouth, jaw, lips, stomach, hips or defects of your hands, genitals, breasts or any other body part)?

Have your perceived defects caused you a lot of distress or pain?

Have they significantly interfered with your social life?

Have your defects significantly interfered with your job or your ability to function in a relationship?

Are there things you avoid because of your defects?

Have the lives or normal routines of your family or friends been affected by your appearance concerns?

Do you spend more than an hour a day thinking about your defects?

Three Insights:
There are three principal insights relating to how BDD sufferers generally view their condition:

INSIGHT1: The individual recognises that the BDD beliefs are definitely or probably not true or that they may or may not be true.

INSIGHT2: The individual thinks the BDD beliefs are probably true.

INSIGHT3: The individual is completely convinced that the BDD beliefs are true.

 

BDD sufferers we see at our centre are fairly evenly split 50/50 between those who fall into the INSIGHT 1 and 2 categories. We have seen very few people who fall into INSIGHT3. Generally speaking, people in this category are far more likely to repeatedly seek the services of a cosmetic surgeon or a dermatologist than a practising therapist.

Though there are overlapping issues that may contribute to the condition, it is thought (even more so than more common disorders) that environmental, genetic, or physiological factors and triggered events play a significant role in its development.

You may be depressed, suffer from anxiety and frequent panic attacks or have problems with drugs or alcohol as a result of BDD but you should not in any sense feel any shame or guilt or embarrassment. And you should not lose hope because the good news is that it can be successfully treated.

Our treatment programme
Together with hypnotherapy, the core element of our recovery programme, we deploy techniques proven to be highly effective when dealing with BDD, including cognitive restructuring and ritual prevention, Psycho Cybernetics, Power of NOW exercises, Neuro-linguistic Programming, Gestalt psychology, CBT and, where appropriate, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). For an overview of some of our psychotherapeutic methods, and how they are likely to be applied, please click on the following:

Hypnotherapy takes a central role in accessing the subconscious and removing the negative feelings that have taken hold as a result of living with BDD. To find out exactly how hypnosis will work for you, please click on the following:

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The Initial consultation enables the therapist to get an insight into how BDD is affecting your life, helping him to formulate and develop a programme that is fully tailored to your specific requirements.

If you are suffering from BDD and need help or information on our treatment programme, please feel free to contact us

Please note: if you are currently taking prescribed SRIs (Serotonin-reuptake inhibitors) you do not have to cease doing so to benefit from our programme. In fact, the immediate termination of any prescribed medication for BDD is dangerous and we will discuss this with you in some detail during the Initial Consultation

* adapted from the BDDQ designed by Dr Katharine A. Phillips and reproduced in her groundbreaking book The Broken Mirror (Oxford University Press)


 
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