Don't Hate What Your Mama Gave You

By: Emily Aboosamara

Did You Know?

About 1 percent of Americans

source: Everyday Health

5 Questions that might change you life

1.)Do you suffer from compulsions and avoidance behaviors

2.)Do you often check your appearance in the mirror, apply makeup, or ask someone many times a day whether something about you looks ugly?

3.)Do you stay home or cover up to avoid being seen by others?

4.)Do you feel misunderstood, unfairly judged, or alone. Because you avoid contact with others?

5.)Do you have a strong or irresistible urge to do compulsions?

If you answered yes no most or all of the questions you may have BDD. Don't be shy and Call the hotline below for help

source: The BDD Foundation

Famous people with BDD

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson probably had BDD (as well as many other emotional problems). He is famously known for his extra-ordinary amount of cosmetic surgery (and indeed denial of having had cosmetic surgery.) He had had an abusive childhood from his father and developed an addiction to pain-killer drugs and sedatives which ultimately led to his death.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) may have had BDD. The pop artist, who put Campbell soup cans and colored photographs of Marilyn Monroe in museums, was very self-conscious and preoccupied by “redness” on his nose. In his autobiography (Warhol, 1975) he reveals, “I believe in low lights and trick mirrors. A person is entitled to the lighting they need.” (p.51). “At one time, the way my nose looked really bothered me – it’s always red – and I decided that I wanted to have it sanded… I went to see the doctor and I think he thought he’d humor me, so he sanded it and when I walked out of St Luke’s Hospital, I was the same underneath but had a bandage on” (p.63). “If I didn’t want to look so bad, I would want to look plain. That would be my next choice” (p.69). Carl Withers, who became his lover in 1952, confirmed in an interview “he was incredibly self-conscious and had such a low opinion of his looks; it was a serious psychological block with him.” His concern with his nose is reflected in one of his early works “Before and After”, which is an advertisement for a rhinoplasty and can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

source; BDD Foundation

Sarah Michelle Gellar

"I’m a female! I totally have body dysmorphic disorder. I think most women do. A makeup artist friend once said, 'I don’t think I’ve ever seen you look in a mirror.' I’m surrounded by them all the time -- you sit in hair and makeup -- so I guess I just have this mechanism where I tune it out. So every once in a while, I’ll look and I’ll be like, 'Wait, that’s what I look like?'" she told reporters

Body dysmorphia is a psychological issue where a person becomes excessively concerned and obsessed about a perceived physical defect. While she may not have the actual disease per say, she does go on to say that she's growing more comfortable in her skin, thanks in part to having been pregnant with her daughter Charlotte, now 2.

"I’m not as critical as I used to be about my body. And it’s also funny, too, how women perceive women, and how men perceive women. Because a woman will look at the skinniest person and think that’s the most attractive, and a man will not think that’s attractive at all!" She shared her thoughts with the press.

source: Online

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