Doctor insights on:
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
Images Around Us: Something to think about: what kind of messages have you picked up from movies you seen? Tv shows? Magazines you've read? Ask yourself how these one-dimensional messages have shaped how you see yourself? You might want to take a look at ways therapists help female clients with this. E.G., see the complete women's psychotherapy treatment planner by dr. Julie ancis: http://amzn.To/14ewyfk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By embarrassment: People with a negative body image may feel embarrassed or intimidated by the "hard bodies" they see, leading to avoidance of the gym. Places, like curves, cater to older individuals trying to get in shape, and are not hang outs for hard bodies. Finally, swimming hides thi and can be enjoyed by almost everybody. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: More info is needed as this is not a question that can be answered. ...Read more
Negative expectation: Media uses idealized, not necessarily realistic, healthy or safe, images in order to sell their goods & services. In the case of women, they're all thin w/large breasts, snow-white perfect teeth, blond hair, blue eyes & bright red lips. Thus, every little girl wants to grow up to be this person. We hold the power in that we decide when to open the pocketbook. Don't buy what they're selling. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: This depends on whether your friends are truly friendly, as i hope yours are. Such friends can be a great support (more than strangers) because they love you for yourself, and not your physical appearance. If they listen and care about you, they'll gently let you know when you're over-emphasizing a perceived bodily imperfection & need to be more accepting of yourself -- & need to get help too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The Msgs Moms Convey: Dr julie ancis, psychologist & author says “absolutely!” she emphasizes “[t]he messages moms send about food, diet, appearance can all impact daughters. It is important to understand the degree to which mothers have internalized sociocultural messages regarding beauty and the subtle and more overt messages they sends to her daughters. At the same time, we need to be careful not to blame moms.". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not only that: Many things can lead to a bulimia relapse -- there is no "the" cause. Triggers may be different for each person, and part of the work of therapy is learning about them so as to work with them when they arise in daily life. For some people, chronic anger and loneliness may be big issues. Concerns about body image may flare too. There are many more possibilities. ...Read more
Depends on severity: Most teens go through periods where they hate their body either realistically (severe acne) or not (unfamiliar body changes). Calm assurance that the body is still changing helps many. For real issues, seeking medical attention, like a dermatologist for acne, can be of great value. If the self-perception is truly unreasonable and impairing, the psychological or psychiatric help may be needed. ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- Disturbed body image related to
- Health problems related to mental disorders
- Is mental health related to male fertility?
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- How does mental health affect your attitude?
- How does obesity affect your mental health?
- How does eating healthy affect your physical mental social health?
- How does mental health affect your attitude in some instances?
- Talk to a psychiatrist online for free