The last post I wrote on Body Image Disturbance (BID) profiled a 23-year-old woman who died of complications related to her sixth breast augmentation surgery.
Despite the increased media focus on botched butt enhancement injections, many women continue to put their lives at risk.
Miami Gardens police have arrested a man (pictured above) who posed as a fake doctor to conduct unauthorized plastic surgery procedures on a woman who required hospitalization afterwards.
Cops say 30-year-old Oneal Ron Harris injected a substance consisting of cement, "fix-a-flat," mineral oil, and "super glue," into his victim as a butt enhancement and then sealed the incision with "super glue."
The injections resulted in what police called a "serious medical condition," requiring the victim to be hospitalized.
Miami Gardens Police say Morris also performed a similar procedure on himself. Source
Body Image Disturbance (BID), or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a mental illness that is on the rise in the black community. Celebrities such as Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian help to perpetuate the myth that bizarrely altering a woman's body parts will bring them riches and fame.
Rather than improve a woman's low perception of herself, the illegal butt injections often results in depression, serious illness or death.
Acording to AtHealth.com:
Body image may be seen as “disturbed” when one’s self-evaluation of appearance is at such a level that it interferes with social and/or occupational functioning, or causes elevated levels of anxiety and depression in the individual.
Women (and men) who suffer from this disorder tend to focus irrationally on one or more body parts. Assuring her that she looks great won’t do any good because she suffers from a mental disorder that limits her ability to see herself realistically.
There is no known cause of BID or BDD, and no known factors that might predispose a person to BID or BDD.
Most sufferers do not seek medical attention until they are deathly ill from the illegal injections, or their depression interferes with their daily lives.
Treatment of BID and BDD includes medications, such as antidepressants, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. If you believe you are a sufferer of BID or BDD, contact a licensed mental health professional.
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