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