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:.
- Feelings of shame, embarrassment or judgment around their body.
- Preoccupation with body appearance/size/weight.
- Body checking and measurement
- Drastic change in eating habits and/or exercise
- Weighing themselves frequently
- Comparing their bodies to others, such as those on social media
- Hiding their body in clothing
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:
- Obsessive thoughts or worries about perceived flaws
- Feelings of shame, embarrassment, disgust and depression
- Avoidance of work or school
- Avoidance of spending time with friends or family
- Spending large amounts of time examining themselves in a mirror
- Having plastic surgeries to change appearance
At Evolve, our therapists are specifically trained and equipped to work with individuals struggling 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.