Treatment and Complications of Bigorexia / Muscle Dysmorphia
Treatment of bigorexia includes cognitive behavioral therapy, antidepressant medications or a combination of both. Bigorexic individuals tend to be at a higher risk for complications due to excessive workouts and extreme dietary regimens.
Treatment of Bigorexia / Muscle Dysmorphia
Treatment of bigorexia includes-
- Antidepressants: Antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are most commonly recommended
- Combination of both
Most of the bigorexia cases require long term psychological care and most importantly, support from family and friends.
Complications of Bigorexia / Muscle Dysmorphia
The most commonly observed health complications in individuals suffering from bigorexia include:
- Frequent injury and damage to muscles, joints and tendons due to over exercising
- Health complications due to abuse of anabolic steroids and other supplements used to build body mass
- Anxiety, self-hatred and depression
- Suicidal tendency
- Interference with relationships, social and professional life
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- What is Muscle Dysmorphia, Bigorexia, Reverse Anorexia? - (http://www.healthyplace.com/ocd-related-disorders/body -dysmorphic-disorder/what-is-muscle-dysmorphia-bigorexia -reverse-anorexia/)