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Old 03-08-2018, 01:31 AM   #1
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I hate the way I look so so much, I'll sometimes list out in my head everything about myself that is wrong and ugly. My forehead is too big, I'm a girl but I still have a borderline receding hairline, my nose is huge (a guy once told me that he remembered me as "that girl with the big nose"), my eyes are small, my eyebrows are shapeless and too close to my eyes, my lips are wrinkly and too close to my nose, my jawline isn't defined at all-from the front I can look cute in pictures if I smile, but only from the front, and from a very specific angle. My profile has only ever been ugly, and I sometimes take videos of me turning my head so that I can see what I look like in profile, and then rewatch them and cry. I take pictures where I don't pose, and save them so that I can know what I actually look like, and whenever I'm out in public I turn my head every time I pass a window or anything reflective, just so that I can check to see how I look. I know people say beauty is on the inside, but I know that how you look affects how you go about life, and how people perceive you (it's scientifically proven!) and even though it's toxic the first thing I do when I meet someone is judge them by their looks, and compare them to myself. I'm secretly bitter against all the beautiful girls I meet, because I'm jealous, and I hate that aspect of myself. All I want is to get better, and to be better, but it's eating me up from the inside and I just can't help myself. I cry alot, but I'm too ashamed to tell my friends that I hate myself this much because alot of them have body issues too, and have told me that they wish they could look like me. I feel like I have no right to feel this way about myself, but I do, and it feels hopeless and horrible.
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Old 03-09-2018, 12:06 AM   #2
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Sowieso, I'm sorry to read about your feelings of physical inadequacy. I can relate to your problem and had very similar thoughts and from age 15 until maybe my early 40s. I felt my big nose looked horrible and had it operated when I was 22. I despised my profile, my hair was never right, I obsessively checked my face in mirrors, dreaded big mirrors in clothes shops and at the same time obsessively checked my body posture in anything reflective. I was convinced everything would improve if only I could get rid of that big nose, but it didn't take long after the operation until my attention shifted elsewhere, especially on imperfections of the surgery, my thinning hair, a slightly yellow tooth, or whatever else I'd perceive as negative. I would have phases where I stopped worrying about my looks for months, and then suddenly the thoughts were back and I stared in the mirror wondering what on earth I could do to improve that nose.

At some point it occurred to me that my problem couldn't possibly be just my physical appearance, since sometimes I suffered terribly and at other times I was hardly bothered, whilst my body hadn't changed. A little later I stumbled upon a documentary on body dysmorphic disorder and had the "yes, that's exactly me" kind of insight. Which unfortunately doesn't stop unwanted and intrusive thoughts, but the various internet sources on BDD are a very good start to get better.

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Old 03-10-2018, 05:55 AM   #3
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one of the worst things for me, is when I shower.

I'm standing their, totally naked, looking a right mess. fat and ugly

well.. people have said to me that I'm not fat, but I know I am- the overeating and the lack of exercise has seen to that.

I can't even touch my body when naked.... because it looks disgusting, and for days after my shower, I feel so bad and so ugly for getting myself out in full (disgusting)

the other one is walking past someone.

I always end up saying something like... oh here comes the clown, but to be fair, if I was performing at a children's party, most of them (and the parents) would run a mile
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In my bathroom the Mirror is wall to wall at the sink. When I get out of the shower I have to shut the lights off to dry myself off because I get disgusted at my ugly naked body. I can even look at myself.
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You know, my profile shows my big nose too. I have wanted to have plastic surgery. I have tried those nose clips that are quite painful to force my nose to look smaller. There is some contouring you can do with makeup. It doesn't help me much but I have accepted this for the most part. I don't want to have surgery. I look at celebrities or people who have done great things that have big noses and I don't feel as bad. People have told me my nose isn't that big but I don't believe them. For my forehead I just cover it with my hair. I have great hair.
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Old 03-24-2018, 05:48 AM   #6
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I don't like my appearance either. I have severe acne scars on my face and had a dermabrasion. But, it helped only a little. Now, I wear lots of makeup and just make do with my looks. I was also once heavy but lost much of the weight and my stomach is not as flat as I'd like.But, I know others who look worse and am not too worried anymore. I believe if you keep looking at photoshopped pictures in magazines or on the internet it will affect how you feel about yourself. Nobody is perfect. I am not great looking but try to be nice as a person. This helps others to like me. Also, after the first meeting, people tend to like others who are nice despite their appearances. I feel rather plain but still get checked out by men for some reason. Thus, just because you feel rather plain does not mean you are. I feel rather ugly because my mother always told me I was. This has wreaked havoc on my perspective of myself. May be in reality you look ok but don't feel this way. It all depends and is relative. I do realize the women where I live wear lots of makeup too so nobody thinks I am odd for wearing lots of makeup either. I think that appearances change and fade away eventually. In the end, what you have inside matters more than how you look.
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I am so disgusted with my body that I envision taking a knife and slicing and stabbing myself out of self hatred. No worries. I am not brave enough to do that. Plus I might live and then would have to live with the scars. I already can not look at myself in the mirror when I get dressed.
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((((MoxieDoxie))))

That is a BIG struggle of mine as well.

Have you always felt this major hatred towards yourself, or has something triggered the intensity for you? In other words: it sounds like something happened recently that triggered and intensified your self-hate. Is that an accurate assumption?

Maybe you can bring this up to your next appt with your T?

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