Think you have a problem with your appearance? Is it [body image disorder]?

Editor’s Note: We often see stars who have undergone plastic surgery repeatedly. They were originally very beautiful, but after plastic surgery, they became more and more indecent. There is always a friend in life who is originally beautiful, but he just feels that some part of himself is ugly, so others will not like him. Even, some people will make their whole life bleak because they are too dissatisfied with some parts of their bodies.

What is wrong with them?

Body image disorder is a kind of mental disorder, The main manifestations are: although no physical defects have been found through medical examination, in the patient’s understanding, they have some [physical defects] that others cannot find, which makes them feel very [ugly]. If they have to make public appearances or speak in public, they will feel very embarrassed.

In order to [correct] their [defects], they will undergo plastic surgery to make themselves feel better.

Judging from the incidence rate, men and women have equal opportunities to suffer from body image disorder. They mainly start to suffer from the disease from puberty or youth.

At present, the research has not found the exact cause of body image disorder, but it may be related to childhood traumatic experience, low self-esteem and parents who are too harsh on appearance.

This is not an incurable disease. After proper psychiatric or psychological treatment, the patient has great hope of recovering from health.

Next, let’s talk about how’s performance in body image disorder.

Do you have any symptoms of body image disorder?

If a person has the following manifestations, it may be necessary to consider whether TA suffers from body image disorder:

  1. Spend a lot of time looking in the mirror, picking the skin, or deliberately hiding a certain part of the body;

  2. Always spend energy to make sure that you have hidden a certain physical defect.

  3. Repeatedly measuring or touching the place that you think is defective;

  4. Due to the inability to stop paying attention to [defects], work, studies and life are affected.

  5. Don’t want to go to public places or crowded places, otherwise you will fall into a terrible feeling of [everyone else is looking at me];

  6. Constantly seek medical treatment, such as plastic surgery or seeking help from a dermatologist, in an attempt to make your appearance more in line with expectations.

If you feel as if you have such symptoms, you can consider talking to a psychiatrist or psychotherapist.

Possible Problems Caused by Body Image Disorder

Because people always feel that [people are looking at me], people with physical image disorders may be out of touch with society and affect their studies and work.

In addition, patients with body image disorders are prone to depression at the same time. At this time, their risk of suicide will be very high.

Finally, in order to trim the appearance, patients with body image disorders will undergo many operations that may not be necessary at great cost. This is also a kind of injury to the body.

How to treat body image disorder?

It is probably the most important thing to treat body image disorder and change the concept of appearance through psychotherapy so as to improve the corresponding behavior.

In order to cooperate with psychotherapy and make the treatment process smoother, psychiatrists may use some antidepressants and antipsychotics to control symptoms. However, no drug has been officially approved to treat this disorder.

In addition, family support is especially important for the recovery of patients. If parents can learn to recognize the early signs of this disorder, take their children to see a doctor in time, and help children build confidence, treatment can often be smoother.

Specifically, parents can start from these aspects:

    Teach children to have a healthy attitude towards [appearance]. Health means being well-proportioned and refreshed. Whether chest hair is too thin, chest is too small, and skin is too acne are all [personal characteristics] and need not mind too much. Teach children to understand [beauty and ugliness] and [other people’s evaluation] objectively. Teach children to understand that [beauty and ugliness] is a subjective evaluation, and more people are just ordinary in appearance, not ugly. Some people may maliciously say that we are [ugly], but others say that we are [beautiful]. Relax your mind and try to focus on more meaningful things. Teach children respect when someone calls others [ugly], this is a kind of disrespect; When we say we are [ugly], this is also disrespect for ourselves. When others say [ugly], we need to feel sorry for others’ lack of respect. We need to know ourselves more objectively instead of judging ourselves [ugly] arbitrarily and disrespectfully. Express your understanding and support to your child. A friendly family environment is the harbor of recovery. Tolerant and receptive love is an excellent way of healing. Even if you were once a picky person, when your child needs help, you must change yourself and tell yourself that the correct expression of love is praise, not picky. If clue is found, don’t wait, take the child for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.