Body Dysmorphia Monster
Clothing available with either;
The MHM logo or
'Speak up, I am listening'
on the front of each piece except the t-shirts.
Please specify your preference in the payment notes. If no preference is written, the MHM logo will be the default option.
Body Dysmorphia (BDD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder) is a body-image disorder.
BDD is characterised by persistent and intrusive obsessions with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance. This means a person finds themselves obsessively thinking about a flaw on a specific part of their face or body that is often imagined or, if present, is exaggerated in your mind and hardly noticeable to anyone else.
While most people are somewhat bothered by physical imperfections, those who suffer from BDD spend hours a day obsessing over real or imagined flaws and take excessive and sometimes drastic measures to hide their perceived flaws from others.
The monster’s eyes are different sizes to represent the distorted perception body dysmorphia brings. The body dysmorphia monster has you believing that a specific part of your appearance needs to be changed, when in reality it is an imagined or a minor physical defect that others often cannot see.
With BDD, many try to alter perceived defects with frequent and repetitive cosmetic surgery. This is represented through the highlighted areas created through marked sections of the monster’s face and body, as well as the monster’s nose bandage. Surgeries rarely help people with BDD, as they often result in the anxieties being transferred to another aspect of the persons appearance.
Part of the monster’s ears and body are on the outer side of the mirror’s reflection to symbolise how the reflection can become the reality if the correct support and treatment is not obtained.
The monster’s colour is filled halfway, this is to reflect the continuous lack of fulfillment associated with BDD, the continuing dissatisfaction with one’s appearance despite efforts to change it.
In men, body dysmorphia often takes the form of muscle dysmorphia or what is commonly referred to as “bigorexia.”- the delusional or exaggerated belief is that one's own body is too small, too skinny, insufficiently muscular, or insufficiently lean, although in most cases, the individual's build is normal or exceptionally large.
The word ‘Body Dysmorphia’ across the mouth area represents speaking up about the illness while simultaneously symbolising how the illness keeps you silent.
The word 'monster' refers to the disorder, which can become monstrous without the right treatment or support, this does NOT refer to the people themselves. These illustrations are not designed to take away from the seriousness of these issues, instead they are created to encourage conversation and make these issues more approachable.
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