Do You Obsess Over Your Body Image?
Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about perceived flaws in your appearance—flaws that, to others, are either minor or not noticeable. You may feel so ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations. You may intensely obsess over your appearance and body image, repeatedly checking the mirror, grooming or seeking reassurance, sometimes for many hours each day. Your perceived flaw and the repetitive behaviors cause you significant distress and impact your ability to function in your daily life.
In addition to the mental strain and stress it creates, body dysmorphia can often lead to unhealthy eating disorders. At Tapestry, we use a clinically integrated approach to body dysmorphia and eating disorder treatment. As a client, you will benefit from an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan.
If you or someone you love displays symptoms of body dysmorphia, contact us today at (844) 299-1343 for a confidential consultation.
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People with body dysmorphia are not usually opposed to getting help, but their definition of help often involves plastic surgery, dermatology services, and dental treatments to fix their perceived flaws. These might provide temporary relief from their stress, but the results are short-lived. Body dysmorphia is not a physical problem – it is a mental one and must be treated as such.
The preferred treatment approach to body dysmorphia involves a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mediations. This approach focuses on helping patients recognize and manage negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that lead to self-destructive behaviors.
Tips for managing body dysmorphia:
- Keep a written list of the strategies and techniques you learn in therapy and read them when old impulses strike
- Commit yourself to your treatment plan; attend recommended therapies and groups
- Don’t skip medication doses and don’t go off your regular medication schedule if you skip by accident
- Have someone you can call when the old feelings and temptations feel overwhelming
- Involve yourself with hobbies and activities you are passionate about
- Avoid using drugs or alcohol to cope with symptoms
Body dysmorphia can be managed, but it is difficult to address these issues alone. At Tapestry, you will have a team of skilled and compassionate professionals supporting you every step of the way.