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Old 11-12-2003, 04:03 PM   #1
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Body Odor Phobia

I posted a version of this in the stress/anxiety board as well... since this phobia is related to both panic and anxiety.

Has anyone here ever had something like this? Where you're paranoid about your own odor (whether you can detect it or not) and whether other people can smell it or not? I know it's been the major, debilitating aspect of my mental problems. I can't hold a job down or go out in public, closed spaces because of it. Everytime someone coughs, sneezes or gags I think it's because of me (almost without fail). Even though, most of the time. I can't even smell my own odor. It's really ruined my life. The worst part is I don't know whether it's delusion or not.
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Old 08-07-2005, 01:32 AM   #2
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Re: Body Odor Phobia

I can't belive im not the only one. im so reassured. i buy atleast 4 sticks of deodorant a week. this problem is so strange because when someone coughs or sneezes of gags im short of breath, i lower my head and walk to a least secluded area. I recently learned this is a social phobia. do you get short of breath and feel like your gonna cry? the only way over this is couseling, i lock my self up at home so i don't go but someday ill get the confidence to go.
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:24 AM   #3
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Re: Body Odor Phobia

I read about this issue in a book I was reading called the Broken Mirror. The book is by Katherine Phillips and it's about Body Dysmorphic Disorder. It's also known as imagined ugliness syndrome in which someone with BDD believes they are utterly hideous and obsesses about it constantly.

Some of the other issues she touched upon were those who were paranoid about their own body odor and went to great lengths to mask the smell. I'm sure you can find some more reading material about the problem if you look into it.

 
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