BDD – SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS: GIVE PRAISE FOR EVEN SMALL GAINS

Resisting the urge to comb your hair in the mirror for an hour, not asking for reassurance for a day, or going to the supermarket may not seem like big feats, but they can be major accomplishments for someone with BDD. Recognize this, and praise your loved one for even small gains. Praise works better then criticism.
Recognize and support each step the BDD sufferer takes toward resisting BDD rituals, participating in activities, leaving the house, socializing more, and appear overnight. Support any improvement, no matter how limited it may seem. Just as you can’t master learning to drive a car in a day, a person with BDD won’t be able to return to normal functioning in a day. It takes practice and time. Encourage the BDD sufferer to keep going and not give up, even if they’re having a bad day or a bad week.
Don’t compare the BDD sufferer to other people who are functioning well. Most people with BDD would like to function as well as other people—if only they could. This kind of comparing only makes them feel worse. It’s important to judge progress according to their current level of functioning. If a person is housebound, they probably won’t be able to go to a baseball game the first time they leave the house. Going to the mailbox to get the mail may be the most they can initially do.
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BDD – SUGGESTED GUIDELINES FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:  GIVE PRAISE FOR EVEN SMALL GAINSResisting the urge to comb your hair in the mirror for an hour, not asking for reassurance for a day, or going to the supermarket may not seem like big feats, but they can be major accomplishments for someone with BDD. Recognize this, and praise your loved one for even small gains. Praise works better then criticism.Recognize and support each step the BDD sufferer takes toward resisting BDD rituals, participating in activities, leaving the house, socializing more, and appear overnight. Support any improvement, no matter how limited it may seem. Just as you can’t master learning to drive a car in a day, a person with BDD won’t be able to return to normal functioning in a day. It takes practice and time. Encourage the BDD sufferer to keep going and not give up, even if they’re having a bad day or a bad week.Don’t compare the BDD sufferer to other people who are functioning well. Most people with BDD would like to function as well as other people—if only they could. This kind of comparing only makes them feel worse. It’s important to judge progress according to their current level of functioning. If a person is housebound, they probably won’t be able to go to a baseball game the first time they leave the house. Going to the mailbox to get the mail may be the most they can initially do.*411\204\8*

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