Body Image

Body image is defined by the thoughts, feelings and perspectives of one’s own body, including weight, height, attractiveness, and body shape. The way we view ourselves can impact our self-esteem and self-worth. Someone who struggles with body image might experience the following symptoms:.

  • Body checking and measurement
  • Comparing their bodies to others, such as those on social media
  • Drastic change in eating habits and/or exercise
  • Feelings of shame, embarrassment or judgment around their body
  • Hiding their body in clothing
  • Preoccupation with body appearance/size/weight
  • Weighing themselves frequently

Body Dysmorphia (Body Dysmorphic Disorder)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a mental health disorder in which the individual is consumed with negative thoughts about their face and/or body. Body dysmorphia impacts everyday life and functioning. Someone with body dysmorphia might experience the following symptoms:

  • Avoidance of spending time with friends or family
  • Avoidance of work or school
  • Feelings of shame, embarrassment, disgust and depression
  • Having plastic surgeries to change appearance
  • Obsessive thoughts or worries about perceived flaws
  • Spending large amounts of time examining themselves in a mirror
While body dysmorphic disorder shares some similarities with eating disorders, such as a preoccupation with body image, it does not classify as such. Instead, BDD is categorized as a separate disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). However, individuals with BDD may also experience symptoms of eating disorders, mainly when their concerns about appearance focus on weight, shape, or specific body parts. Treatment for body dysmorphic disorder typically involves a combination of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and medication to alleviate symptoms and improve overall quality of life.

At Evolve, our therapists are specifically trained and equipped to provide treatment to individuals with body image and/or body dysmorphia. We work with individuals to build awareness and understanding of their body image and actively challenge negative thoughts and behaviors. We utilize a variety of approaches to join with our clients throughout their process of recovery.

If you are looking for Body Dysmorphia treatment or have any questions about our counseling services, call us at (484) 329-7638 or request a phone consultation today.

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