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What is body dysmorphia?

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What is body dysmorphia?


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We’re really glad you reached out to learn about body dysmorphia; whether it is for you or someone close to you. It’s a tough issue, but you’re not alone in dealing with it. Body dysmorphia is when someone becomes overly focused on real or perceived flaws in their appearance. It’s important to remember that this condition can affect people of all ages, including young people like yourself.
We want you to know that we’re here for you, and we truly understand how challenging it can be to deal with body dysmorphia. You are never alone in this, and there are people who care about you and want to help. If you’re in Ireland, there’s a fantastic support service available that you can turn to for guidance and help There is more information to be found on the HSE website too
It’s really important to reach out and share your feelings with someone you trust, whether it’s a friend, family member, or a mental health professional. They can provide support and explore options with you to help you manage and overcome body dysmorphia.
Remember, asking for help is a sign of strength, and you have the strength to overcome this. It’s a journey, but there is hope, and you can learn to appreciate and love yourself just as you are. We’re here to support you. Don’t hesitate to ask any more questions or share your thoughts. Remember, you or your friend, do not have to go through this on your own.
You can contact the Childline Team any time, day or night, we are open 24-hours a day, every day. Our freephone number is 1800 66 66 66 or if you would prefer to chat, click on the orange Live Chat tab on the right-hand side of the screen.
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