Body dysmorphic disorder is described as a mental disorder in which you can't stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance, a flaw that, to others, is either minor or not observable.
But you may feel so ashamed and anxious that you might even avoid many social situations.
When you have body dysmorphic disorder, you intensely obsess over your appearance and body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, grooming or seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours each day.
Your perceived flaw and the repetitive behaviors cause you significant distress and impact your ability to function in your daily life.
I realised the other day in preparation for this topic that i actually don't like my body.— Eusebius McKaiser, Host of the Eusebius McKaiser show
Clinical Psychologist, Stephanie Bove says we all have some kind of physical flaw that we are unhappy with. We need to distinguish between something that is 'normal' and one that is pathological and leads to clinical distress says Bove.
The biggest factor that can lead to a heightened feeling of insecurity and may fuel into dysmorphia in men, is social media.
Online people are put under pressure by photographs of the perfect body on sites like Instagram and believe that this is simple and can be attained in a short period of time says Holland.
She explains that this results in an obsessive attitude of constantly looking in the mirror and not being satisfied with your progress and your look.
For thousands of years humans have been dissatisfied with what they look like based on an image that they see. And now what's informing our self image is what we see on social media.— Stacey Holland, TV presenter and wellness Enthusiast,
Holland says what is interesting with men is that there is a sub type of body dysmorphic disorder which is muscular dysmorphic disorder, which is the preoccupation with muscularity.
There is a pattern of male insecurity which the public does not speak because men do not speak about it adds Bove.
Listen to the conversation in the clip below:
This article first appeared on 702 : Men (and women) open up about what they hate about their bodies