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Body Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment


What is body dysmorpiic disorder (BDD) ?

BDD is a condition where the sufferer is preoccupied with an imagined defect, or a slight imperfection, in their appearance. Although many people are concerned about some aspect of their appearance, body dysmorphic disorder sufferers concern about their appearance is considered excessive and their appearance worries significantly negatively impact upon their ability to work, socialize or carry out activities of daily living. BDD sufferers often seek treatment from dermatologists and cosmetic and plastic surgeons in an effort to reduce their perceived ugliness. Many people do not get appropriate treatment (be it cognitive behavioural therapy and/or medication)  as they are too embarassed and...
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Anxiety Attack, Panic Attack & Anxiety Disorder Treatment

What are anxiety attacks? (otherwise known as panic attacks)

According to the American Psychiatric Association (1994), a panic attack is a period of intense fear or discomfort and consists of 4 or more of the symptoms listed below. Panic attacks have an abrupt onset and the symptoms peak within 10 minutes.

 What are the symptoms of a panic attack?

Panic symptoms include:

  • palpitations
  • sweating
  • trembling or shaking
  • shortness of breath
  • choking sensations
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • feeling detached from oneself
  • fear of losing control or dying
  • numbness or tingling
  • chills or hot flushes
Some people with panic disorder will have recurrent, unexpected...
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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

thin-banner2 OCD is characterised by recurrent obsessions or compulsions that are time consuming or cause significant distress or impairment. Obsessions are persistent ideas, thoughts, images or impulses which are experienced by the sufferer as anxiety provoking or distressing. The sufferer has difficulty switching his train of thought onto another topic. It’s like when one plays a scratched CD on a stereo, the same phrase repeats over and over. Common obsessions include:
  • thoughts of contamination (e.g. ‘Will I catch AIDS from shaking hands?’)
  • repeated doubts (e.g. ‘Did I leave the door unlocked, Did I turn off the light’)
  • need for orderliness (e.g. get distressed when pictures are crooked, objects are untidy)
  • aggressive impulses (e.g....
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Excessive Worrying & Generalised Anxiety Disorder Treatment

thin-banner2 Worrying too much? It is normal to worry a little but if you are troubled by constant worries it is possible that you may have generalized anxiety disorder. The difference between “normal” worriers and people who are are considered to have an anxiety disorder, is that GAD sufferers worry about worrying.

Worry definition

Worrying has been defined as a string of negative thoughts that are mainly verbal and efforts at problem solving.

How many people are affected by worrying too much?

According to the American Psychiatric Association (1994), generalised anxiety affects up to 12% of the population. Excessive worrying is the most prevalent anxiety disorder.

Who tends to be...

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