Understanding Dysmorphic Disorders in Bodybuilding

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Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder is the greatest problem for many bodybuilders. This is a problem of obsessiveness. Many people just cannot engage in bodybuilding without getting obsessed with the sport. Once the individual hits the path of muscle building, there seems that nothing can prevent them from progressing in order to achieve as much as possible in the gym.

This is not good because time that could have been in other activities is spent in the gym. The individual finds no time for other people, including family members. When this becomes the case, the individual has very distorted perceptions regarding masculinity. Although the bodybuilder might seem very fit, he may be having many problems that cannot be solved through physical therapy alone.

Bodybuilding seems like a rather virtuous sporting judging by the excellence with which the practitioners shine in public and the showers of praises that they get. What everyone forgets is that they are always struggling for muscles on a daily basis. The fact that they struggle is not the problem. Rather, it is the fact that they always do this at any cost.

When bodybuilders are fighting for bigger muscles, sometimes problem may arise. They may find out that they have severed all connections with other family members and even members of the society. They are always driven by the need to get those additional 10 pounds rather than the need for living fulfilling lives with their family members.

Many people find it very difficult to balance profession and family lifestyle. Whereas in other profession many people can easily realize where they have been going wrong and change, things are rather different in bodybuilding. When signs of Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder start to set in, it is only medical attention that can redeem an individual from pit of addiction to a certain bodybuilding routine.

Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder interferes with logical thinking. One sets goals that cannot be realized. An individual fails to realize that the person who appears in the supplement advert has been in the gym for a very long period of time before he managed to achieve that physique.

Dysmorphia, in its mild form, may lead to some minor injuries and severed social ties. In the extreme end, the condition may lead to overuse of bodybuilding enhancing supplements or eventual death from their use. For this reason, bodybuilding has earned a very negative reputation in the sociological circles. The negative publicity of the sport comes from the undesirable actions that its practitioners engaged in at one time or the other in their lives.

Sometimes Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder is so called since the individual is always in an unending quest for more and more muscles. It is the exact opposite of anorexia nervosa, where the individual is always obsessed with weight loss. All the people who suffer from Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder always live in the fear that they are too small and rather undeveloped. They therefore abandon anything else in life in favor of supplements, more routines and subjective attempts to 'catch up' with the rest of humanity.

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Dane Fletcher is the world's most prolific bodybuilding and fitness expert and is currently the executive editor for BodybuildingToday.com. If you are looking for more bodybuilding tips or information on weight training, or supplementation, please visit http://www.BodybuildingToday.com, the bodybuilding and fitness authority site with hundreds of articles available FREE to help you meet your goals.

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This article was published on 2010/03/26