Some of the common symptoms of self-image/body issues
Have you been feeling?
Have you had thoughts like?
- ‘How can anyone like me when I look like this’
- ‘Things will never change’
- ‘I hate this part of me’
- ‘I don’t look normal’
- ‘Everybody is looking at me’
- ‘I look ridiculous’
- ‘I do not fit in’
Have you noticed?
- you are constantly checking how you look
- you are always worried about how you look or what others will think
- you have been avoiding going out or social situations
- an increase or decrease in appetite
- you are spending more time alone
- you have stopped doing the things you enjoy
- you are comparing how you look with others
Possible causes of self-image/body issues
- negative thinking – sometimes you may start to think negatively due to an event or situation, and this can then become a habit and part of your general outlook; you may not even be aware of how negatively you were thinking or how this is impacting on you
- biological factors – research has reported that a possible cause for self-image/body issues could be linked to changes in the balance of some chemicals in the brain
- low self-esteem/confidence – if you have a negative or poor opinion of yourself you may feel more anxious and vulnerable about the way you look
- stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
- previous mental health difficulties – such as anxiety, depression, eating difficulties or obsessive compulsiveness may make you more susceptible to developing self-image/body issues
How common is self-image/body issues?
- self-image/body issues affect 5% of the population
- it more commonly starts in the teenage years