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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.