What can I do?
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix but there are small goals that you can set yourself and act upon to combat body dysmorphia.
Identifying the problem
The first step to recovery is acknowledging that you may be suffering with body dysmorphia. The charity Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation has devised a quick and easy online test, with 9 questions that you can take to see how likely you are to be suffering with body dysmorphia.
Introducing safety behaviours
Although social media does not cause body dysmorphia, you may find it helpful to reduce your time on social media or unfollow impossible beauty standards.
Counselling and support groups
You may find it useful to speak about it. This could be in the form of structured counselling sessions one on one or support groups dealing with body dysmorphia. Don’t forget with a Simplyhealth health plan you have access to 24/7 advice and counselling that you can access anytime.
There are also online support groups available. The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation for example host a bi-monthly ‘Zoom’ online support group providing an opportunity to meet with other people who suffer with body dysmorphia, share experiences, and provide mutual support. Explore online support on offer or alternatively search for local groups.
Speaking to your GP
If you have a Simplyhealth health plan you can book an online GP appointment via the SimplyPlan app, or alternatively visit your NHS GP. They may suggest treatment such as cognitive behavioural therapy which can help you manage symptoms and change the way in which you think and behave1. It is important to speak to your GP regularly and to tell them how you’re feeling so they can continue to support you and if necessary, explore options for medication and alternative treatments.