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How is your mental health related to your body image?

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 more

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Mental Health (Definition)

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


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Why is self esteem related to body image?

Why is self esteem related to body image?

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 more

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Plz define yoor body image?

Plz define yoor body image?

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 more

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How do I fix my bad body image?

How do I fix my bad body image?

Body Image: If hearing reality based feedback from others doesn't help you align your self- image, consider cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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How can I improve my body image?

How can I improve my body image?

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 more

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Are there things that can hurt my body image?

Are there things that can hurt my body image?

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 more

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Ways to improve my body image, advice needed?

Best option is: therapy. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more

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How can one improve his or her own body image?

Depends: On how far image is off from reality. In general, eat healthy, feel fit, avoid harm mentally and physically, do things in moderation, be optimistic, etc. Avoid comparisons. ...Read more

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How does my body image change when i'm in love?

Hard to predict: Having someone who loves you can affect body image: what he or she says carries more weight than what others may say. However, many remain convinced they are what they thought they were before and that the loved one is just blinded by love. ...Read more

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What can happen if you have negative body image?

Perception: A negative body image may lower self- esteem. In some cases it may lead to options like plastic surgery, unhealthy weight loss, ect. - in attempts to have a more pleasing body. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: body image?

What is the definition or description of: body image?

Body image : .Body image is the representation we create in our mind of what we think we look like to others. ...Read more

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I feel fat. What can I do to get a better body image?

I feel fat. What can I do to get a better body image?

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 more

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How can a negative body image hamper exercise at a gym?

How can a negative body image hamper exercise at a gym?

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 more

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Honest opinion needed on question of body image of the female persuasion?

Need more info: More info is needed as this is not a question that can be answered. ...Read more

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How does the media effect body image of young girls.?

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 more

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Should I look to friends or strangers for support for my distorted body image?

Should I look to friends or strangers for support for my distorted body image?

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 more

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Can a mother affect daughter's body image?

Can a mother affect daughter's body image?

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 more

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Is 'body image' the cause of a bulimia relapse?

Is 'body image' the cause of a bulimia relapse?

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

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How do I deal with my son's distorted body image?

How do I deal with my son's distorted body image?

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

Body Image (Definition)

.Body image is the representation we create in our mind of what we think we ...Read more