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|Subject: Re: Body Dysmorphia Sun 08 Feb 2015, 11:47 pm|| |
I think I have this just a little............
Part of the furniture
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|Subject: Body Dysmorphia Wed 04 Feb 2015, 9:10 pm|| |
Most of us go through this issue as we lose weight, some more than others. It's probably one of the more distressing problems, where you can't see yourself as others see you.
Body Dysmorphia and Weight Loss Surgery: What is it?
Posted by Jason Radecke on Sat, Jun 14, 2015Weight loss has some obvious physical effects, but it can affect our minds as well. Many people who lose a large amount of weight may find it difficult to see themselves as being slimmer. This is sometimes the case with bariatric surgery patients. Although many weight loss surgery patients strive for and achieve their weight loss goals, some patients are still left feeling unsatisfied with their appearance. If the scale is telling you one thing, but your perception won’t allow you to see the slimmer you, body dysmorphia could be clouding your judgement.
What is body dysmorphia?
Body dysmorphia is a mental illness concerned with body image. It causes the sufferer to be excessively concerned or preoccupied with a perceived imperfection about their physical appearance. This perceived flaw can be minor, or even imagined. It can also coincide with depression, anxiety, social withdrawal and more.
The symptoms of this disorder are wide ranging, but can include:
What does it mean for weight loss surgery patients?For some weight loss surgery patients, body dysmorphia may cause them to become preoccupied with their post-surgery weight. Some patients, despite losing weight after weight loss surgery, still see themselves as being obese.This may occur, partly due to the fact that weight loss after bariatric surgery can happen rapidly. The mind may not catch up with the body and these rapid changes.Although the body is making healthy changes, it can sometimes be difficult for the mind to adjust at the same pace, with a healthier body image. This means that even if the patient has lost a lot of weight, they may still see themselves as being overweight because their perception of themselves hasn’t changed.It can also stem, in part, from societal ideals that say we should all look a specific way. An obsession with these ideals can make it seem like the weight loss achievements you’ve made after your weight loss surgery aren’t enough.Some people will adjust more quickly than others, but if you’re experiencing symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder, you should discuss these feelings with your surgeon or bariatric support group. Many weight loss surgery patients who struggle with the disorder have a hard time speaking up, but this can make symptoms worse. Asking for help is the only way to reverse these negative thoughts and start accepting your slimmer, healthier body for what it really is--not what your mind says it is.If you’re experiencing symptoms of body dysmorphia despite your weight loss achievements, contactRiverside Surgical and Weight Loss Center today to put the negative thoughts in the past and start enjoying the achievements you’ve made.
- preoccupation with the perceived imperfection
- self consciousness
- excessive mirror checking, or avoiding your reflection altogether
- thinking that others are also preoccupied with your appearance in a negative way
- strongly believing that the flaw makes you ugly, and more
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