Young girl struggles to overcome BDD
A teenager that has beensuffering from body dysmorphic disorder or BDD, and other mental illnessesafter being bullied by her four classmates in Woonsocket last year, is back inthe hospital and struggling to stay alive.
For her mother, Holly Gingerella,it's been a long road since a purported video of the beating was posted onYouTube.
The 13-year-old victim, Alicia,has been admitted to Butler Hospital in Providence for around-the-clock careafter multiple suicide attempts. Gingerella said the doctors at Butler couldwatch over her, but the hospital does not treat specific diagnoses.
Rhode Island Hospital boasts aBDD clinic for patients suffering from the disease, and its organizer, Dr.Katharine Phillips, is one of the leading experts in the world.
"It does appear that beingbullied, being teased may in fact increase the risk of getting thisdisorder," Phillips said.
Gingerella said she tried to takeher daughter to be treated at the clinic, but it will only accept patients whoare 18 years old or older.
"I was frustrated forone," Gingerella said, "I didn't know there was an age limit for howold you have to be to get help."
Gingerella and the doctors atButler think Alicia needs to be put in an in-patient treatment center.
"For the treatment center inChicago, it's $60,000 for a two-month stay," Gingerella said.
It's money Gingerella doesn'thave, and the centers usually don't accept insurance and require cash-onlypayments.
The subject of bullying has madewaves in Hollywood.
The critically-acclaimed film"Bully" exposed several horrifying truths about young people who havebeen bullied. The movie's director, Lee Hirsch, recently spoke to NBC 10.
"Bullying, like other formsof abuse, leaves long-lasting scars," Hirsch said. "Emotional scarsand in some cases, physical scars and of course in some cases, there are somekids that take their lives."