Too Ugly To Be Loved. Essay

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The BBC documentary ‘ too ugly to be loved’ conveys the lives of three individuals with body dysmorphic disorder. This video questions what happens when a person looks in the mirror and does not see what everyone else sees. The three people illustrated in the video are at different levels of severity in their BDD. BDD short for body dysmorphic disorder is classified in axis two of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a somatoform disorder. Somatoform disorders are mental illnesses that cause bodily symptoms, which can’t be traced, back to any physical cause. In addition they are not the result of substance abuse or another mental illness. BDD effects one in hundred people in which those who suffer from BDD believe they are grotesquely ugly and become obsessed with there looks.
Many of those who suffer from BDD are housebound, unable to work, and are unable to form lasting relationships. The most severe can take their own lives and cut their faces and pin their skin back as means of performing plastic surgery. People with BDD are plagued with negative thoughts and paranoia, which leaves them very anxious about their appearance especially when interacting with other people. The first person we are introduced to in the video is twenty four year old Kayla. Her life changed when she developed freckles and skin problems where she was than bullied in school. By the age of eleven she started to become seriously ill with BDD when she started to sand down her teeth all away to the nerves because she believed they were pushing her bottom lip out and making her face potent. Like many others suffering from BDD Kayla is housebound and will only go outside when it is dark. After Kayla goes to the leading doctor for BDD in the United Kingdom it is illustrated that she is going to have a difficult time not going for the seventh nose surgery because she is so sure it might have a beneficial result. The next person we are introduced to is not as severe but is greatly affected by BDD. Joleyn a thirty four year old man has had BDD since he was fourteen and is unsure of his disorder but is certain he is hideous. He is convinced he has dark circles under his eyes that look grotesque and does not like the shape of his face. Therefore, he used to cut his wrists and has the urge to rip his skin off every time he looks in the mirror. Joleyn has worn sunglasses since he was eighteen. He had lost his job and his...

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