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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
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December 10, 2014
12:04 pm
Don_Vamp
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Good afternoon everyone.I have a random question that was asked by my co worker.
We were having random discussions as usual and I was explaining to her the beliefs behind the COBM and being that she

has a masters in psychology she got curious and asked: " What is the churches point of view or approach to those who have Body Dysmorphic Disorder?" And of course I'm curious about everyones point of view on here.thank you.

 

~ Vamp.

"The mind is a place of it's own and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell and so forth..."

December 10, 2014
6:06 pm
Oakbear
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Hi Vamp, welcome to the forum. 

Great question! 

The church values both exploring spirituality through modification, and also respect for our bodies. I think both of these are particularly relevant in BDD. 

Personally I think it is on a continuum, as with so many mental disorders, and wonder how many people have a consistent, accurate and objective view of their physicality? At what point does this move from the normal range and become disorder? I feel it is hard to judge, as one person may feel perfectly happy having a voluntary amputation for example, another may regret this or shift to another focus of discontent. Are both BDD? Is it the extent to which one perceives the physical self incorrectly,  as in a anorexics who believe they are obese? I think the ability to give informed consent with mental capacity is quite key.

If someone were to possibly have issues with body identity which caused them significant distress or harm i would encourage them to seek support, although i would still fell exploring themselves in the context of the physical and it's relation to the mental and spiritual, as well as respecting their bodies would likely be important factors in this.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
December 10, 2014
7:48 pm
Don_Vamp
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Hello Oakbear.

Such a beautiful reply.Can't wait to show her.
That is exactly what she was trying to get at."At what point does this move from the normal range and become disorder?"
And I agree completely with what you said with the person needing to be able to give informed consent.

"The mind is a place of it's own and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell and so forth..."

January 28, 2015
9:32 pm
paganprincess1313
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I personally feel as though since we have an idea of what we would like to look as, we are slightly different because we have a so to speak goal. Whereas people who have BDD have no stopping point and they never will. But many people have mental disorders so it is hard to tell what constitutes a mental disorder when it comes to how we look. This is my thought though :)  

<3 I modify so that one day my body will look the same as my soul <3

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