Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their own skin, but what if you don't? Many people look in the mirror and don't like what they see, or think other people are judging them for the way they look. Being uncomfortable with, or sometimes even hating, your own body can be detrimental to your physical and mental well-being. Body image issues are something we help people with people on a regular basis, and we can give you guidance for yourself or for supporting a loved one struggling with body image.
What does “body image” mean?
Body image refers to what you see when you look in the mirror. It's how you feel about your body, how you perceive it, and how you feel in your body. There's a difference between noticing what you perceive to be a flaw and having deep-seated body image issues. Everyone has something that makes them unique, but when you start seeing those things as negative, it can impact you in many ways.
A slippery slope
Unfortunately, body image issues can lead to even more problems. Once you have a negative perception of your body, you're more likely to develop an eating disorder. Many people who have body image issues may engage in unhealthy behaviors to “fix” their perceived flaws. Other psychological problems that are associated with body image issues are depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and body dysmorphia. Negative body image isn't as simple as, “I don't like this about my body,” or, “This could look better,” it's an issue that can lead to serious emotional and physical ramifications.
Online therapy for body image issues
Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and no one should have to deal with the struggles of hating their own body. We're ready to listen to the struggles you're facing, help you cope, and put you on the path to being happy when you look in the mirror. Start online therapy for body image issues with us today.
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