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Body Dysmorphia and The Neurodivergent Mind

I think differently, so how can this affect my body image?

Content warning: This article mentions topics of mental health and suicide which could be distressing to some readers

What is body dysmorphia?

It’s no secret that people like me, with Autism, ADHD and plenty of co-morbidities, think differently.

This causes multiple issues in my life whilst I struggle to fit into a neurotypical world.

Newly emerging research states one of these issues/comorbidities is body dysmorphia.

Given how differently I experience my physical environment, it’s no big surprise that, at times, my body can also feel like an alien environment.

So, what's the difference between body insecurities and body dysmorphia?

Some of these symptoms include, but are not limited to

Whilst body dysmorphia can be a debilitating and frightening condition, there are therapies and treatments out there that can help.

Let's explore some of these treatments

None of these treatments/therapies are a quick fix, for what is an incredibly complex issue. However, given time and a lot of work, they can help you feel more in control of your own body, thoughts and identity.

For me personally, these therapies have allowed me to achieve some of my life goals and given me a better understanding of who I am and what I am capable of.

Overcoming any challenge in life is not easy, but, in my experience, the results are always worth the effort.


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