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Hi everyone! Hope you all are well.

What are some tips that have actually helped you out? Could be long run or short run, given by a therapist or a stranger. Since I'm away in college I can only go to the therapist in the summer and my BDD has been really giving me a run for my money this past couple of months.
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Hello nopicspls: I cannot be of help with regard to your particular concern. However I noticed this is your first post here on PC. So... welcome to Psych Central. Since you're in college one additional forum, here on PC, that may be of interest to you would be the school & study issues forum. Here's a link:

https://forums.psychcentral.com/scho...-study-issues/

And then here are links to 5 articles, from Psych Central's archives, that may be of interest:

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: When the Reflection Is Revolting

5 Resources to Learn About Body Dysmorphic Disorder | Your Body, Your Mind

Struggling with Body Dysmorphic Disorder: One Woman's Story

Recovering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Part 2

https://blogs.psychcentral.com/weigh...e-more-part-3/

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Welcome, nopicspls!

I am curious about this as well.

I'm sorry it's dogging you so.
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Hi nopicspls,
I can relate. When the BDD is strong, I try to remember it is a distortion...A trick that my mind has employed to either control something (in a world where I can control little) or as a self measuring, self punishment tool that "keeps me in my place." I have come to understand that this is just part of the fabric of who I am, and to try and be as open minded as possible. It seems to strike when I least expect it, and then overtakes my mind with negative messages about (whatever "it" is that day.)

So, to answer your question, when I see something and start obsessing or hitting myself with the inner hammer, I change the subject, a distraction. And do something physical in the here an now. Like, I will say "Find your feet. Look at your left foot. Wiggle the toes. Look at your right foot. Wiggle the toes. Look at both feet. Wiggle both left and right toes." I'll take a deep breath in through the nose and out of the mouth. And simply acknowledge, "I see you, BDD. I know what this is about. Thanks for trying to protect me. You can go now."

Sometimes I will look myself in the mirror and imagine changing my glasses or goggles. As I know that the goggles I am currently wearing are skewed.

Another tactic is to find something that is going right. Something I can agree is relatively comfortable or positive about my body. It's hard, but even if it's just a finger. It is something. Little by little you might try finding one more part that is pleasing or neutral.

Sometimes I will indulge the crazy thought or vision and really LOOK, and ask myself, is that true? Is that a lie?

There are many more...but do what works and fits for you. Kindness, a sense of humor and a willingness to understand the purpose...these things often originally came around to protect or assist us in some way.
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