Hi, my name is Stephen
And I am a lifelong sufferer of BDD.
This is my journey to overcome body dysmorphic disorder and my body image problems.
If you are going through the same, know that you are not alone and that there is light at the end of tunnel. It is a long road we walk, but it is made easier if we travel together.
What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder
We all have some minor physical flaws, or things about our appearance that we don’t really like, and we may occasionally think about them.
People who don’t have BDD disregard the flaws and don’t consider them very important. They let the thoughts go and get on with their day.
Those of us who have BDD, however, over-focus on minor flaws or imperfections, paying lots of attention to them.
We also interpret and react to things we don’t like about our body differently than people without BDD do. People with BDD evaluate flaws – or even normal – looking body parts – very negatively, considering them to be ugly and important. We may also think that the flaws mean that we’re defective as a person – even inadequate or worthless.
The purpose of this blog is to document my journey with BDD and to create a set of useful tools to help you do the same.
I am prolific blogger web author of several sites. I am also a family practice physician assistant with 9 years of clinical experience and a background in treating mental disorders… just not my own.
I hope this information helps you know that other people in the world may suffer like you. And there is hope to overcome the pain and suffering of Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
I only hope that I can find my way as well
I am starting this blog on day one of my path to treatment. I have a long way to go.