Have you ever felt like you don't look good enough? That your body type is not what one would conventionally call 'attractive'? We live in an era, where competing with a certain standard of ideal body type and insecurity preys on our mind.
We may think we're just jealous but this could be much more serious than that. Someone who constantly spends time worrying about their flaws or 'defects' in their appearance is suffering from a mental health condition called Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), or Body Dysmorphia.
People of any age can have BDD, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults. Having BDD does not mean you are self-obsessed. The disorder can be very upsetting and have a big impact on one's life.
Not many know but Bollywood actress Ileana D'Cruz has suffered from body dysmorphia. Last year, at the 21st World Congress of Mental Health in New Delhi, Ileana spoke about it in great detail and even revealed that she was on the verge of committing suicide because she suffered from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
She said, "I was always a very self-conscious person and was picked on for my body type. I used to feel low and sad all the time but didn’t know I was suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder till I got help. All I wanted to do was to be accepted by everyone. At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things. However, all of it changed when I accepted myself and what I was going through. I think that is the first step towards fighting depression."
Yesterday, Ileana took to her Instagram story to share screenshots of her conversation with a girl who wanted to talk to her about how to deal with body dysmorphia.
She also wanted to know if her current therapist is good enough.