Body Image Issues
Given the pressure that society puts on appearance and attractiveness, it makes sense that many people struggle with accepting themselves and their bodies as they are. Although many people feel dissatisfied with some aspect of their appearance, this dissatisfaction doesn’t consume them.
Body dysmorphic disorder, however, is characterized by an excessive preoccupation and concern with a perceived defect in yourself and your body. If you struggle with body dysmorphic disorder, you may engage in excessive grooming behaviors including skin picking, dieting, cosmetic surgeries, plucking, or combing. Underlying the symptoms of this disorder is a strong feeling that you are defective, broken, not good enough, and feelings of deep-rooted shame. This concern leads to significant impairment in daily functioning and impacts your level of satisfaction with life.
What are the signs of body dysmorphic disorder?
- Excessive grooming
- Excessive inspection of yourself in the mirror or completely avoiding mirrors
- Skin picking
- Excessive plucking or combing
- Excessive makeup or clothing
- Excessive dieting and exercising
- Preoccupation with your perceived flaws
- Excessive focus on appearance
We can help you:
- Build acceptance of and kindness toward yourself
- Cultivate self-compassion
- Decrease grooming behaviors
- Develop a more realistic view of yourself and your body
- Build confidence and self-esteem
- Develop a healthy relationship with your body and with others