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What is Body Dysmorphia?

Body Dysmorphia


As a therapist, I care deeply about providing a safe, non-judgmental space for reflection, honesty, and vulnerability. With my style of therapy, the aim is to help people overcome obstacles and self-imposed barriers they may face so that they can flourish in their personal lives. I utilize a multi-faceted approach that includes various types of therapeutic interventions including cognitive-behavioral, strength-based, person-first, solution-focused, and direct reality-based psychodynamic style.

What is Body Dysmorphia?

Body Dysmorphia Symptoms, Signs, Definition, & Treatments

What is Body Dysmorphia?

Body dysmorphia is a mental health condition that causes a person to have a distorted view of their body. People with body dysmorphia may think that they are overweight, even when they are not. More than just weight, people with body dysmorphia can have a distorted perception regarding any physical aspect of their body, including muscle mass, skin tone, hair, facial features, and more. They may spend a lot of time worrying about their appearance and may avoid social situations because of their fears about how they look.

What are the signs and symptoms of body dysmorphia?

The signs and symptoms of body dysmorphia can vary from person to person, but may include:

- Obsessively thinking about one’s appearance
- Avoiding social situations or activities due to concerns about one’s appearance
- Excessively dieting or exercising due to concerns about one’s appearance
- Seeking reassurance from others about one’s appearance
- Comparing oneself to others
- Wearing excessive amounts of makeup or clothing to cover up one’s perceived flaws
- Seeking cosmetic procedures or surgery to correct perceived flaws

Treatments for body dysmorphia include:

- Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Medication
- & Other Options

If you or someone you know is struggling with body dysmorphia, there is help available. Contact Matt McTeague today for more information regarding treatment options.

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