Adolescence – this is a difficult period in itself, which is characterized by many psychological problems associated both with the attitude of a teenager to himself and to the world around him. About one of the disorders typical of adolescence, Estet-portal will tell you in this article. We will talk about teenage dysmorphophobia syndrome, i.e. about unhealthy and often completely unfounded dissatisfaction with one's appearance, about the reasons for its development, the impact on the psychological state of a person and the appropriate treatment.

Adolescence is characterized by rapid physiological maturation and personality development. Physiological, mental and social factors are closely intertwined, it is not easy to single out the determining factor.

Causes of teenage body dysmorphic syndrome

At this age, bodily (height, appearance, primary sexual characteristics) indicators are decisive, since they affect 2 main lines of behavior and the psyche of a teenager.

Firstly, this influence extends to social status. After all, an accelerator boy who overtakes his peers in physical development can easily become a leader who is listened to and imitated. With a slender, muscular body, the qualities of a leader are associated: strong, aggressive, energetic and more socially mature. But a full teenager often becomes the subject of ridicule or ignorance.

Such teenagers are limited in their choice of friends and need support more than others. Unfortunately, such an assessment, which is formed in adolescence, remains stable for quite a long time. Although girls who mature quickly have their own difficulties: they are sometimes taller than their peers, and because of this, a lot of negative experiences arise. Some girls begin to communicate with guys older than themselves, thus feeling their attractiveness. And others painfully experience their "unattractiveness" and "absurdity".

Secondly, through appearance, special requirements and expectations are imposed on the personality. And this is where the formation of the image of "I" takes place, in which one's own capabilities and abilities are correlated with the perception and evaluation of them by others. A lot depends on self-awareness. Some, realizing their physical unattractiveness, come to terms with it and experience a sense of their own inferiority. Others begin to intensively engage in their appearance (go in for sports, carefully monitor their skin) and achieve success in this. And still others compensate for their physical unattractiveness with achievements in study or creativity. And much at this time depends on the support of adults: parents and teachers.

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Based on the foregoing, it becomes clear where teenagers are concerned about their appearance and body. The latter often develops into dissatisfaction with their appearance – teenage dysmorphophobia syndrome.

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What is body dysmorphic disorder?

Dysmorphophobia – is a mental disorder in which a person is overly concerned about their appearance or harbors the idea of ​​a defect and/or flaw in their body. In this disorder, a person is dissatisfied with their appearance and would like to change it. At the same time, in reality, they are quite nice people, and often the flaw that bothers them is absent or greatly exaggerated. Others don't notice him at all. People suffering from dysmorphophobia try to be less in society, less to leave the house, so that no one sees their defect, does not laugh.

In girls, a similar syndrome is associated with high growth, growth of the mammary glands, and in boys – vice versa with short stature and endomorphic (full) body structure.

Adolescent dysmorphophobia syndrome: treatment 

Unfortunately, very few adolescents turn to a specialist with such a disorder for help, as they themselves are shy or afraid, and adults do not understand the depth of the problem. But if you do not intervene promptly, then depression and suicidal behavior develop against the background of dysmorphophobia.

Fortunately, teenage body dysmorphic syndrome usually resolves by adolescence. After all, if a teenager needs growth and external attractiveness for self-affirmation, then later strong-willed and intellectual indicators come to the fore.

But if you or your child has certain symptoms of this disorder, contact a specialist (psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist) urgently to avoid trouble! Be beautiful and happy with yourself!

Beauty – one of the most important attraction factors. But beauty alone is not enough to attract attention and successfully build relationships. Because people communicate with you – personality, not a perfect face or slender legs.  Estet-portal recalls that the attractiveness of – this is a social category, and unlike external beauty (a harmonious combination of form and color), it includes the ability to present oneself to society favorably. 

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