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Getting help for body dysmorphia

by Amanda Collins

If you recognise some or all of the symptoms of body dysmorphia in yourself, the best thing you can do is to go to your local doctor and chat to them about how you are feeling.

You may be embarrassed about going, and that’s okay, you are struggling with a really tough condition which convinces you that you should feel shameful, but don’t let that stop you from going.

The sooner you get help, the sooner you can begin your road to recovery. Body dysmorphia isn’t something that you can ignore, it won’t fix itself. The longer you leave it before seeking help, the worse your condition can become.

You don’t have to live with body dysmorphia. It is treatable, but you have to take the first step. You have to visit your doctor and be honest with them.

From your consultation, your GP will work out a treatment plan for you.

Getting help for body dysmorphia


There are three main types of treatment for body dysmorphia. These include:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy is usually done under the guidance of a psychologist. Its purpose is to help you to understand, identify and change unhelpful thought patterns. It also helps you to rewire the way you think about yourself.

Psychological interventions

Under the guidance of a psychologist, you may be taken through a range of psychological treatments. These treatments may include CBT, talk therapy and gradual exposure therapy.


There are several medications which your doctor may prescribe you to help you manage your symptoms. These medications will help you with obsessive thoughts, anxiety and depression, while you undergo psychological treatment.

You can be free

There is hope! You don’t have to live with body dysmorphia. Reach out to your doctor and get help. Like any condition, you won’t see change overnight, but with help, work and a good support network of friends and family you can get through this!

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