For many of us, there is something we don’t like about our appearance. However, we don’t obsess about our imperfections, and they don’t interfere with our daily lives. For people with body image issues, sometimes also called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), they can become obsessed with their perceived flaws. They may have racing thoughts or avoid social situations and isolate themselves. Body image issues can lead to eating disorders, mental health problems—like anxiety and depression—self-esteem problems, substance use disorders, and sexual dysfunction. Our Solutions offers body dysmorphia treatment alongside addiction recovery services.
Our therapists use a variety of transformational modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and hypnotherapy. Research has shown that CBT is effective for treating body image issues because it allows clients to challenge their preconceived ideas about themselves and shows them how to take responsibility for creating the lives that they truly desire.
While therapy is a key part of recovering from a body image problem, taking into account the effects of poor body image is also important. Many people who suffer from BDD also develop an eating disorder, whether anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating disorder, and others; male eating disorders are common, too, and often go untreated or under-treated. Eating disorders therapy begins not only with counseling, but also with intensive nutritional counseling.