Negative Body-image Opinion Symptom, Causes & Questions

Understand your negative body-image opinion symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

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4 Possible Negative Body-Image Opinion Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced negative body-image opinion. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Body dysmorphic disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a body-image disorder where a person is consistently preoccupied with an imagined or slight defect in their appearance. People with BDD can dislike any part of their body, although commonly they will focus on fault with their hair, skin, nose, chest, or stomach. BDD most often develops in teens and adolescents, with men and women affected equally.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: hair loss, negative body-image opinion, acne, impaired social or occupational functioning, small penis

Symptoms that always occur with body dysmorphic disorder: negative body-image opinion

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Depersonalization/derealization identity disorder

Depersonalization/derealization identity disorder are two types of dissociative disorders. This means the person's thoughts and feelings become disassociated – or disconnected – from reality.

Depersonalization and derealization are similar and often occur together.

Depersonalization means the person feels no connection to their own thoughts, emotions, or experiences.

Derealization means the person feels that the world around them is unreal, dreamlike, or entirely imaginary.

Anyone can have a dissociative disorder, though it is most common among adolescents who have experienced traumatic events.

Symptoms include a sense of detachment from the self, as though standing aside and watching events happen to someone else; memory loss regarding certain events; and significant depression and anxiety. The symptoms may come and go.

Dissociative disorders can severely affect a person's quality of life and ability of function normally. A medical provider should be seen for referral to the appropriate specialist.

Diagnosis is made through patient history. Tests may be done to rule out any physical condition.

Treatment involves psychotherapy and sometimes medications such as antidepressants or anxiolytics.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: depersonalization or derealization, derealization, impaired social or occupational functioning, ringing in the ears, amnesia

Symptoms that always occur with depersonalization/derealization identity disorder: depersonalization or derealization

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Bulimia is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by compensatory behavior, such as self-induced vomiting, fasting, excessive exercise, or abuse of laxatives or diuretics.

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Anorexia nervosa is a type of eating disorder. Anorexia usually affects adolescents or adults. While weight loss is the primary feature of anorexia, this condition can affect many organ systems throughout the body.

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Negative Body-Image Opinion

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you have thoughts of hurting yourself?
  • Do you have a family history of depression?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with a psychiatric issue, such as depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or anxiety disorder?
  • Do or did you suffer from alcohol abuse?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Negative Body-Image Opinion Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced negative body-image opinion have also experienced:

  • 13% Depressed Mood
  • 6% Anxiety
  • 4% Fatigue

People who have experienced negative body-image opinion were most often matched with:

  • 40% Depersonalization/Derealization Identity Disorder
  • 30% Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • 30% Bulimia

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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