I was diagnosed recently with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, although I believe that I have had it for a long while. While researching, I came across an alarming statistic that said that about 30% of people with Body Dysmorphic Disorder are comorbid with Somatic Delusional Disorder. Curiously, I started to research Somatic Delusional Disorder and shockingly discovered that I had most if the symptoms and never even knew they were symptoms of anything. I know that people stare at me when I walk by because they see me as I see myself; as deformed and as disgusting-looking. I know that my face looks deformed and unhuman and I look like I have some kind of defect. I look like a deformed male rather than the woman that I am. I do not see this as delusional. I see this as the upmost truth. But would this be considered delusional in the eyes of a medical professional?
Medical professionals are supposed to be unbiased third-parties so they may or may not agree that you are delusional. It really depends on what you tell them, your history, etc.
Have you thought about seeing a shrink about your disorder? I know it may feel unnecessary and stupid to seek professional help, I mean who knows you better than you, right? But shrinks are shrinks for a reason. They have an in-depth knowledge of the human brain, which is still mostly a mystery. Plus as an unbiased third-party, they may offer insight you haven't yet thought of.
A shrink is a good way to try and help understand your feelings. Are you really suffering from body dysmorphic disorder or something else entirely?
I'm not saying this as a shrink, but as a previous (very reluctant) patient of a shrink.
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