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How Does Effexor Treat Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

written by: Nichole Bolton • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 12/9/2010

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a condition that leads people to feel like they have one or several defects in their physical appearance. Effexor can be very effective in treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder and its symptoms.

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    Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a condition which affects a number of people, leading them to believe that there are problems with their physical appearance. This disorder can lead to severe depression and anxiety, even leading to withdrawal from society due to shame. Effexor Body Dysmorphic Disorder treatment can be very helpful in the long run, helping patients to improve their mood and better cope with the underlying issues at hand. Effexor can be used by itself in treatment, or along with cognitive behavioral therapy to successfully treat the many symptoms of this mood and body disorder.

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    What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

    Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a condition in which people believe that they have many defects with their appearance and become preoccupied with these defects. When someone has this disorder, they view themselves in a much different way than others view them. They may believe that they have one problem in their appearance or they may feel that there are many things wrong with the way they look. This disorder is caused by a number of contributing biological, environmental and physiological factors, but past abuse can also contribute to the condition.

    Body Dysmorphic Disorder causes symptoms such as anxiety, depression, withdrawal from society, delusional thoughts, low self-esteem, shame, suicidal thoughts, obsessive compulsive disorder and a difficulty to function in society due to a preoccupation with one's appearance. Body Dysmorphic Disorder may lead to drug and alcohol abuse. Many people with this disorder exercise compulsively to attain what they believe is a perfect appearance. Some people go as far as to get cosmetic surgery to fix what they feel are defects in their appearance.

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    How Effexor Can Alleviate Symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

    Effexor is a brand of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, a type of anti-depressant which works by increasing the serotonin produced in the brain. Serotonin is a feel-good chemical, one that is found to be underproduced in many people who struggle with mood and eating disorders. Low serotonin can lead to depression, anxiety, appetite problems and sleep difficulties, along with many other mood disorders. The low self-esteem that goes along with mood disorders plays a great role in Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Treating the depression and anxiety can help one to begin their recovery from this disorder.

    Body Dysmorphic Disorder goes hand in hand with low self-esteem and poor body image. Therefore, it is recommended that Effexor be combined with cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment. This helps patients to not only treat their serotinin deficiency, but also to find ways to cope with the immediate effects of the disorder and change their behavior to make treatment more effective.

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    Using Effexor Body Dysmorphic Disorder treatment can be an effective way to treat Body Dysmorphic Disorder and the symptoms that go along with it. People who are struggling with Body Dysmorphic Disorder should speak to their doctor about Effexor and get started on their road to recovery.

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    References

    U.S. National Library of Medicine: Body Dysmorphic Disorder - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1414653/

    KidsHealth: Body Dysmorphic Disorder - http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/body_image/body_image_problem.html