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How Is Your Mental Health Related To Your Body Image
Eating & Dysmorphia: Body dysmorphia (thinking one's body is not good enough) affects men and women, and can be associated with the mental health disorders anorexa nervosa and bulimia. Body dysmoprhia can also lead to depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior and dangerous risk-taking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mental health refers to the complex neuro-physiological state of well-being that is often observed and experienced through emotional, psychological, and social aspects of behavior. A combination of genetics and family history, culture and life experiences, and physiological health factors are all factors that contribute to one's experience of mental health. Unfortunately, the general term of mental health is often stigmatized and perceived as a negative; however, mental health includes positive aspects of health and well-being, including one's resilience, adaptability, and ability to ...Read more
Voices Within Us: It's painful not 2feel good about urself. I wonder what kind of "mirroring" u got when u were young -what u heard about urself from adults around u, esp ur caregivers, while growing up. If their voices were critical & harsh, vs nurturing & encouraging. I wonder if u felt criticized 4ur appearance or u heard adults being critical of own/others' looks. We tend 2absorb msgs we hear repeatedly as kids. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Degrees of distress: Poor body image is a general term that can mean many things. Body dysmorphia is the most serious and is a preoccupation with a perceived flaw in a body part which is not present or exaggerated. Body image distortion is similar but to a lesser extent and can relate to the entire body. Body image distress is the emotional pain caused by the perception. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Investigate "why": There are a myriad of reasons why we don't like our bodies. Improving it takes knowing something about why you feel that way. And that takes talking it over with someone you can trust and who can help you find some answers and also help you develop solutions. It is not easy to do that, but it is certainly possible. Simple things such as good diet, exercise and sleep habits are a good start. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It's up to you: Body image is how you feel and what you think when you look at yourself, plus how you imagine other people see you. How you feel in your body -- strong and capable, or weak and insecure -- affects this also. Though it may vary from time to time, hopefully body image remains stably positive. Others' criticisms, and comparing yourself to others can negatively affect body image if you let them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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