Body dysmorphic disorder.. What is it?




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Have you ever heard of body dysmorphia or body dysmorphic disorder? It’s a topic not often talked about and misunderstood by many. So to bring more awareness to this subject, today’s video will be talking about body dysmorphic disorder, what it is and how it affects people.

DISCLAIMER: We would like to mention that this video is created for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute a professional diagnosis. If you suspect you may have body dysmorphic disorder or any mental health condition, we highly advise you to seek help from a qualified mental health professional. We would also like to warn that the following content deals with sensitive topics surrounding ED and may be triggering to some audiences. If you feel uncomfortable about this subject, you may want to stop and watch another video instead.

We also made a video on the different types of eating disorders:

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RESOURCES:
Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (2021). Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD): Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA. Retrieved from adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/body-dysmorphic-disorder
Better Health Channel. (2022). Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) – Better Health Channel. Retrieved March 3, 2022, from www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/body-dysmorphic-disorder-bdd
Bjornsson, A. S., Didie, E. R., & Phillips, K. A. (2010). Body dysmorphic disorder. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience, 12(2), 221–232. doi.org/10.31887/DCNS.2010.12.2/abjornsson
Cleveland Clinic Medical Staff. (2020, October 14). Body dysmorphic disorder: Symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatments. Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved from my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9888-body-dysmorphic-disorder
John Hopkins. (2021). Body dysmorphic disorder. Johns Hopkins Medicine. Retrieved from www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/body-dysmorphic-disorder


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Don’t Let Stress Get You Down; Try These Tips

Many people think that there is nothing that you can do about stress, but there are many practical ideas and tips that can help you cope with the challenge that every day stress brings. Take a look at some of the helpful tips below to see if you can start today to deal with the stress in your life.

If you are suffering from a lot of stress, one of the best things that you can do is pray. This will reduce the amount of tension in your body and allow your mind to focus on more peaceful things. Pray at least once a day to minimize your stress level.

Active meditation will nourish your spirit, improve your mood and help you find peace within yourself. Take the time to stop and clear the mind and deep breathe if only for a minute. It can reduce stress, lower your blood pressure and relax the body as well as the spirit.

A good tip that can help you keep your stress down is to start living your life the way you want to. There’s nothing worse than settling in life and having regrets about it. By going after your dreams you’ll notice that your stress levels will be much lower.

Stress can be a vicious cycle so find small ways of breaking it up to avoid it breaking you down! Most of us have stress in our lives from one source or another and scheduling some fun or relaxation around it will stop it from taking over. If there is no way to completely avoid stress we can at least make it intermittent!

Take more vitamins. Vitamin B has been shown to help reduce stress. Try to take between 100 percent and 300 percent of the daily allowance. Minerals such as chromium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, molybdenum, zinc, manganese, and selenium also help you to better deal with stress. Stay away from vitamins labeled as stress relievers as they are usually just vitamin B.

Try to get as much sleep as you possibly can during the course of the day, regardless of how much you have to work. Lack of sleep will result in increased stress levels, which can limit your productivity and hurt the way that you feel. Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night to feel your best.



A great way to deal with stress is to consider changing your diet. This is important because it is very possible that there is something in your diet that is directly responsible for your moods or feelings. Take a look at what you eat and consider changing it around to test and see if you feel any better.

An important thing to keep in mind that can help you fight stress is to realize that you can’t control everything. Trying to be in control of everything is a great way to keep yourself stressed out at all times. You must learn that there’s only so much you can control in life.

One tip to be sure to consider when dealing with your stress, is to make sure that you do not abandon your problems. This is extremely important because many times, things that are causing stress will not go away and postponing them may only make the issues worse with time.

One way to deal with stress at work, is to have others assist you with your work via delegation. This is important because you have people there to help you and you should make the most out of your resources. Of course, this may not work for everyone but for those who have it as an option, it is extremely important to take advantage of.

If you are looking to reduce your stress, a great way is to take a positive approach to your situation. We tend to feel the most stressed when we feel the most out of control. By taking an active role rather than a passive role in your situation, you will feel much more control over the situation, which in turn means less stress.

A great way to lower your stress level or beat it all together, is to find an activity or hobby that you enjoy. Whether it be a reading club, gardening, or bike riding, find something that will give you a place to get away from it all, and just have fun.

Every funny moment or joke you come across should be entered into it. In addition to being a fun project, writing funny things can imprint them into your mind. And writing fun things can help you to have a little more fun.

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A good tip that can help you keep your stress levels down is to simply look into getting an answering machine for your phone. By having an answering machine, you won’t have to worry about answering calls right away. You’ll always know who called and what they want.

One great stress reliever is a massage. If you have a partner or close friend, see if they’re interested in trading massages. If not, pay to have one done professionally. Having the tension worked out of your muscles can have a profound effect on your state of mind and relieve a lot of stress.

A great tip that can combat stress is to never let yourself engage in gossip. Everyone knows that if they gossip, it’ll eventually come back to haunt them. Unless you want to deal with a difficult situation in the future, you should steer clear of gossiping at all times.

Start meditating. Meditation is an effective stress reducing methodology. Meditation can have both minimal effects on our health and gargantuan effects. It can aid in controlling our blood pressure, help control compulsive eating, and even act as a heart rate regulator. All it takes is a few minutes of meditation a day to begin to make improvements.

As you realize from the practical advice in the article above, there are many things that you can learn about handling the stress that comes your way. Start today to use this sound advice and you will be on your way to facing the challenges that come with dealing with the stressful situations in your life.



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