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Alternative Treatments Proven Effective Against Body Dysmorphia Disorder

Alternative Treatments Proven Effective Against Body Dysmorphia Disorder

Body dysmorphia disorder (BDD) affects up to 2.9% of the general population, according to the International OCD Foundation. The condition is characterized by an unhealthy obsession with any number of perceived physical flaws. More often than not, these flaws are almost invisible to others, or can’t be seen at all. Body dysmorphia can cause immense distress, and can result in an individual avoiding all forms of social interaction because of it. A greater understanding of the condition, as well as the non-conventional treatment options available, can go a long way in providing sincere and effective support to those living with this harrowing mental health condition.

A new enemy to contend with

Over the past few months, we have heard a lot more about an evolved version of BDD known as ‘Zoom Dysmorphia’. During lockdown, students and professionals alike spent a great deal of their time on video conferencing calls, which sometimes had them stare at themselves for hours at a time. Named after one of the most popular video conferencing platforms, Zoom, Zoom Dysmorphia can cause severe anxiety when attending a video meeting with the camera turned on. Individuals who have Zoom Dysmorphia are also obsessive about enhancing their appearance prior to the video call, and continue to fixate on it throughout the call. As with other instances of BDD, it is essential to address the issue in order to resume a happy and fulfilling life.

Explore alternative treatments

While the use of conventional medication and psychotherapy does have merit as a treatment option, there are various other avenues worth exploring as well. There are a number of superb coping mechanisms that can be learned to help regain control over your life and your happiness. Meditation is particularly effective as a coping mechanism, as it allows us to let go of the negative thoughts and feelings we may have about our appearance. Adding a dedicated self-compassion and self-esteem practice to your daily meditation can help change your perception of your body considerably.

There is even a crystal for self-love

Crystal healing has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years, as an increasing number of people have opened themselves up to the wonderful world of alternative healing. There is one crystal, in particular, that is known to promote self-love – rose quartz. Anyone who battles with insecurities relating to their appearance can benefit from keeping rose quartz on them at all times. You can put a piece in your purse, in your briefcase, or in your pocket. Remember to say something positive to yourself every time you look at the crystal, and always be kind to the beautiful person that you are.

Living with body dysmorphia in any of its forms can cause a great deal of anxiety and stress. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to seek reprieve from the condition that prevents you from seeing what a unique and beautiful individual you truly are.


Sally Benson is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.

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