#TOTW (11-05-15) “You are not alone” – Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

This week, i’ve chosen to give another chance for people to learn a bit about Body Dysmorphic Disorder or BDD, so my chosen #TOTW is:

(2/2) You are not alone – Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

This is a short – just over 2 minutes – video from the BDD Foundation about what they describe as an “…obsessive anxiety condition that leaves people convinced there is something flawed or “ugly” about their looks.”

If you are interested in finding out more, then check out the other link I posted about BDD:

(1/2) Body dysmorphic disorder: charity video reveals the image anxieties that can push people to the edge

This article from the Guardian mentions Robert Pattinson and his struggle with BDD. He stated:

I get a ton of anxiety, right up until the second I get out of the car to the event, when suddenly it completely dissipates,” said Pattinson. “But up until that moment I’m a nutcase. Body dysmorphia, overall tremendous anxiety… I don’t have a six-pack and I hate going to the gym. I’ve been like that my whole life. I never want to take my shirt off.”

I realise that in this day and age there appears to be a disorder for pretty much anything, but at it’s heart BDD is about anxiety, and we all suffer from that at some stage or another!

I hope you’ve learned something today, and that you might talk to people about BDD and maybe even share the links such that others can learn. Yesterday I watched Jonny Benjamin in his very emotional documentary “The Stranger on the Bridge“, about his struggle with mental health. One of the things he said that stuck in my mind was “It’s about connecting with people,” which is what I am trying to achieve with my radiographerben profile.

I hope I am…connecting with people.

Thank you for reading 🙂

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#TOTW (from: 08-12-14) “Be careful what you say to people.”

Short, but maybe not so sweet #TOTW this week. I’ve chosen a retweet from @MrJonnyBenjamin who has been recording his thoughts/feelings as he deals with his mental health problems:

RT from I’ve been vlogging everything in my ‘recoverlogs’ to help others going on the same journey

It comprises a link to 8 short videos, or ‘vlogs’ in which he talks openly about what he is going through. Some might ask why is he doing this, but he seems to me that he’s doing it in order to help both himself and others who may be experiencing similar such issues.

The clip I found most interesting, and the one from which I took the title of this update is the 4th one in the series ‘The Cause of the Problem.’ In it he describes where his problems all started, with what appeared to be a throw-away comment from a friend. Hence, his message, “be careful what you say to people.” If you watch only one of the clips, then watch this one.

If you’re interested to learn a bit more about Jonny, then simply enter his name into a search engine and you’ll find plenty of links about him. You can follow him on Twitter on @MrJonnyBenjamin.