Did you know that many different types of body image concerns and problems exists? The main types of body image concern include:
* Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
* Muscle Dysmorphia
* Skin Disorders/Disfigurement
* Eating Disorder-Related (over-evaluation of shape and weight)
* Amputee Identity Disorder (AID)
* Body Modification and Self-Mutilation
* Psychogenic Excoriation/CSP/Dermatillomania
We often consider body image only in terms of weight, shape and appearance (we call this 'overevaluation of weight and shape in eating disorders).
However, body image is much more than that and it's not just about appearance: when considering body image, especially in psychotherapy and counselling, we must also consider how one experience's their body physically, appearance-wise, spatially, emotionally/psychologicially, socially, and existentially.
Body image concerns are often also aligned with eating disorders.
However, they are not eating disorders and are more akin to anxiety disorders. Some people experiencing eating disorders experience body image concerns and some do not. Conversely, some people with body image issues experience eating issues and some do not.
If you need to access support, understanding, guidance and a listening ear, please feel free to contact any of our three psychotherapy, counselling and support services. In-person (Glasgow city centre) and online appointments are available.