Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Hypnotherapy – A Self-Help Guide

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Body dysmorphic sufferers have a distorted perception that there is something wrong with a part of their body, despite reassurances and visual evidence to the contrary.

Any area of the body may be involved in BDD, but the face is the most common. It can affect anyone at any time of their lives and it seems there is no specific cause.

A person with BDD:

May wear excessive make-up or heavy, loose clothing to hide their perceived defect

May repeatedly look in the mirror

May frequently touch the perceived defect

Repeatedly pick at their skin or pluck their hair and eyebrows

Feel anxious when around other people

Seek medical treatments for their perceived defect

May seek reassurance about their appearance from others.

May diet and/or exercise excessively

People with BDD may find that holding a job is difficult and sometimes avoid socialise.

They may also find it difficult to have long term relationships or any relationships at all.

Is there a treatment?

Treatment may include antidepressant medication, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Relaxation and Guided Imagery, Hypnotherapy, or a combination of these.Anti-psychotic medication is sometimes used.

Self-Hypnosis can be a very useful self-help therapy for anyone who feels that their body, or part of their body, or their face, is unacceptable to them, so much so that they are extremely critical of their own physique or self-image, despite the fact there may be no noticeable disfigurement or defect to be seen at all by others. This belief and way of thinking can cause psychological and emotional distress.

But by using Self-Hypnosis you will learn to how control those irrational fears and anxieties, and turn those negative beliefs and thoughts into more positive, accepting affirmations, of who you really are and what you really look like. Freeing you to enjoy life more fully and achieve goals you never thought possible.

Remember, Self-Hypnosis is a powerful self-help tool for implementing change within your life. It is simple, effective, and non-invasive, produces long-term changes, and can be used by almost everyone.

Hypnotherapy sessions often include the benefit of soothing music at strategic points, helping you to relax even more, and absorb the information whilst the therapist guides you with gentle suggestions, positive language, and life changing imagery. You will always be in control at all times, able to awaken immediately should the need arise and attend to anything that you need to. Hypnotherapy cannot make you do anything or say anything that you would not normally say or do, and it will never coerce you to try to.

By using Self-Hypnosis pre-recorded material such as a CDs and mp3 download, you will have at the touch of button, a full Hypnotherapy session that can be used whenever you need to, as often as you need to. It’s as simple as that.

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Source by Sharon Shinwell