Reid Ewing Reveals Battle With Body Dysmorphia & Makes Plastic Surgery …

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Modern Family actor Reid Ewing was addicted to cosmetic surgery.

Earlier this week, “Modern Family” actress Ariel Winter boldly spoke out — not for the first time — about body image issues, using her Instagram feed as a chance to talk about how young women are sexualized and demeaned over the looks.Modern Family star Reid Ewing recently revealed that he has struggled with body dysmorphic disorder, a mental illness that led him to get numerous plastic surgeries. “Body dysmorphic disorder is characterized by someone who becomes focused or obsessed with a particular part of their body, and they see it in a distorted way,” clinical psychologist Dr.Then 19 and still new to Los Angeles, the actor spent much of his time alone in his apartment, taking photos of himself from every possible angle and then analysing them in torturous detail.

Actor Reid Ewing attends the premiere for “10 Rules For Sleeping Around” at the Egyptian Theatre on April 1, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic) The 27-year-old, who plays Sarah Hyland’s onscreen boyfriend on the hit sitcom, revealed his troubles in a blog for the Huffington Post, admitting he used to believe his looks were the only thing that mattered. “I had just moved to L.A. to become an actor and had very few, if any, friends,” he wrote. “I’d sit alone in my apartment and take pictures of myself from every angle, analyzing every feature. He agreed that for my career it would be necessary to get cosmetic surgery,” he said. “He quickly determined that large cheek implants would address the issues I had with my face, and a few weeks later I was on the operating table.” “I woke up screaming my head off from pain, with tears streaming down my face,” he wrote. “The doctor kept telling me to calm down, but I couldn’t. After slamming the body shamers, she reminded her fans that “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.” Now, a costar is also speaking up about the pressures to be perfect — but this time, it’s from the male perspective.

Susan Albers, who has not treated Ewing, tells PEOPLE. “It’s often characterized by shame, embarrassment and disgust.” Albers – who authored the book Eating Mindfully – says the disorder can cause severe distress and anxiety to those suffering from it, and lead a person to go to extreme lengths to fix or conceal whatever body part they are obsessing over – including plastic surgery. Poring over the images, his traced familiar routes across the planes of his face – down the jawline, along the ridges of his profile, across the expanse of his cheeks – always ending at the same conclusion: “No one is allowed to be this ugly.” So Ewing made an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon, believing the procedure would turn him into Brad Pitt and put a stop to the camera sessions, the loneliness, the irresistible impulse to catalogue his flaws. He had to wear a full face mask after the surgery, and since he did not want to be seen in public, he spent two weeks in a hotel “doped up on [pain medication] hydrocodone.” Reid was not pleased with the final result, so he decided to find a new doctor to fix his botched procedure, and that surgeon was “less qualified” and suggested a chin implant as well. “Each procedure would cause a new problem that I would have to fix with another procedure,” he wrote. “Anyone who has had a run-in with bad cosmetic surgery knows this is true.” In 2012, Reid finally decided his addiction to going under the knife needed to stop, writing, “All the isolation, secrecy, depression and self-hate became too much to bear. When I went out, people on the street would stare at me, and when I visited my parents they thought I had contracted some illness,” he said. “Of the four doctors who worked on me, not one had mental health screenings in place for their patients, except for asking if I had a history of depression, which I said I did, and that was that,” he wrote. “My history with eating disorders and the cases of obsessive compulsive disorder in my family never came up.

As he writes, “For the next couple of years, I would get several more procedures with two other doctors,” procedures that led to a spiral of complications and corrections. A knife isn’t going to fix it.” Ewing recalled that throughout his visits to numerous plastic surgeons over the years, not one asked to do a mental health check, even though having excessive cosmetic surgery is a clear symptom of the disease.

It took me about six months before I was comfortable with people even looking at me.” “Before seeking to change your face, you should question whether it is your mind that needs fixing,” he suggested to those considering surgery. “It’s a horrible hobby, and it will eat away at you until you have lost all self-esteem and joy. They might lose hours in front of a mirror, meticulously working to camouflage their purported flaws, or they might compulsively avoid mirrors at all costs, terrified of what they’ll see. None of the doctors suggested I consult a psychologist for what was clearly a psychological issue rather than a cosmetic one or warn me about the potential for addiction.” And he observes that what he went though is “a problem that is rarely taken seriously because of the public shaming of those who have had work done.” The pressure on women — especially those in the public eye — to conform to incredibly narrow and unrealistic physical ideals is a topic that makes for seemingly daily headlines. And studies suggest that more than half of BDD suffers seek out cosmetic surgery, which, as in Ewing’s case, often leaves them as tormented as they were before.

Just as 17 year-old Ariel Winter was calling out the “mean things people bravely say behind their computer screens” this week, Anna Paquin was similarly hitting back at her online critics after a recent carpet event, announcing on Twitter, “Fun fact: Wearing a dress that is not skintight=Pregnant/invites people 2 call u fat. The advocacy group lists several famous names who may have had the disorder, though none were ever diagnosed, including Sylvia Plath, Michael Jackson and Franz Kafka. I got anorexic; of course, I denied it to my girlfriend [Laura Dern] and everyone else who said I had an eating disorder.” In 2008, Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill admitted he’d suffered through anorexia as a teen, saying, “I always thought I wasn’t good enough.” And in a 2013 interview with Australia’s Sunday Style, Robert Pattison reportedly said that before red carpet events, “I get a ton of anxiety, right up until the second I get out of the car to the event, when suddenly it completely dissipates. Like most mental illnesses, the causes of BDD are difficult to decipher – usually, a troubling cocktail of genetic predisposition, individual traumas and broader social pressures.

According to a report in the journal Nature, people with BBD are more likely to show abnormalities in the visual processing centres of their brain, things that lead them to focus on tiny details rather than examine a bigger picture. And it’s not a new phenomenon, something that can be blamed on unrealistic modern advertising or 21st century ennui, said Brown University professor Katherine Phillips, one of the leading experts on BDD. “There are descriptions from over 100 years ago of patients just like those I was seeing in the 1990’s,” she told the New York Times in 2003. “The descriptions were nearly identical.” One of the earliest comes from turn of the century French psychiatrist Pierre Janet, whose patient was convinced that her face was disfigured by a horrible moustache. I suppose it’s because of these tremendous insecurities that I never found a way to become egotistical.” But speaking with the Telegraph in 2013, 19 year-old Danny Bowman, who has been treated for body dysmorphia disorder, emphasized, “I want people to understand that this is not an ‘LA disorder.’ It affects people from all walks of life.

I’m from a small town in Northern England after all.” In a culture in which anybody’s selfie can be up for public ridicule, it’s understandable that males would become increasingly vulnerable to body image disorders. He poetically termed her ailment “obsession of shame of the body”. “Dysmorphia phobia” as a psychological diagnosis dates back to 1891, when it was coined by Italian psychiatrist Enrico Morselli.

He in turn borrowed the word dysmorphia (literally, “bad body”) from an ancient Greek story about a deformed young girl who was hidden from the world by her parents. Another put it at just 2. “It was a bit like moving the furniture around,” Minnie Wright, 47, told the BBC. “The underlying problem was still there, it just all looked a bit different.” For Ewing, the failure of his first procedure drove him to total isolation. Ewing drove from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree, a national park in the desolate California desert, terrified of being seen in Los Angeles bearing the effects of cosmetic surgery. Regardless, Ewing writes that the cosmetic surgeries he underwent over the course of the following four years were painful and invariably disappointing, both because his doctors seemed unqualified and his face was never really the problem in the first place.

She and her team use a questionnaire and clinical interview to distinguish people who simply want to change a particular physical trait from people with BDD. This concern is for the good of surgeons as much as their patients: A survey of cosmetic surgeons found that 29 per cent were threatened with a lawsuit from an unhappy patient with BDD. Psychiatrists for the defense and the prosecution diagnosed her with BDD (she was ultimately convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole). Instead of cosmetic fixes, according to Nature, psychiatrists increasingly recommend cognitive behavioral therapy – a treatment strategy that exposes people to the thing that makes them anxious, then talks them through how to change their response.

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