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Not happy with the way I look, constantly keep comparing with others, take long hours to dress up. Advice?

Hello I m so sorry to bother, but for the past few years ive never really thougt about but I have been experiencing issues with myself. I find myself looking in the mirror & constantly checking my face as Im generally not happy with the way I look. I often compare myself to other girls my age & just compare how other girls are better looking than me. I am often really nervous of what people think of me especially boys as ive never had a boy stare or comment me. Although my friends & family constantly tell me Im beautiful I just cannot see it at all & Im convinced they are lying to me. When I look in the mirror I just see ugliness. I don t wear make up to school as I have no time but whenever Im going out somewhere make up needs to be applied & I spend several minutes in front of the mirror making sure Im happy which Im usually not. Im not overweight at all & I live an healthy lifestyle I just don t understand the problem. I often find myself wishing I god would magically make me pretty . By the way I am a 16 year old girl.
Asked On : Tue, 9 Oct 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response

You probably have "Body dysmorphic disorder" which is characterised by "preoccupation with an imagined defect in appearance that causes clinically significant distress or impairment in important areas of functioning".
If a slight physical anomaly is actually present, the person's concern with the anomaly is excessive and bothersome.

It is an "Obsessive compulsive spectrum disorder"....

So it is advisable to consult a psychiatrist and get proper treatment

Good luck

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