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I have a negative self-image

Self-image and self-esteem are closely linked. If you’re struggling with your self-image, there are people who can help.


Low self-esteem can begin in childhood and follow us throughout our lives, making everyday life just a little more complicated. It can affect the way we think about ourselves and our bodies, and lead us to question our self-image.

While low self-esteem isn’t a mental health condition, a negative self-image may be the result of you suffering from a body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Learn more

Negative self-image may also lead to the development of certain eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa or bulimia

Whatever you’re going through, you can get help with your self-image before your problems get worse. 

What to do

Tackling self-esteem problems can be as simple as thinking differently. Actively challenging negative thoughts, being more assertive and taking on new challenges can be beneficial and improve your self-image. Learn more

If your self-image problems are more serious, discussing the issue with your GP is important. They can outline the help that’s available, and refer you to the most appropriate service.

After a discussion with you, your GP may refer you to specialist services who can help.

If you are in crisis call 0808 196 8708 or visit our 'I need help now' page or contact Samaritans on 116 123 or