Muscle Dysmorphia is an anxiety disorder which makes individuals feel small, not muscled and have a distorted view of how they look, in relation to body size.

It is a subtype of Body Dysmorphia, as it shows similar types of behaviour of distorted, obsessive views of how sufferers think they look to themselves and others. Muscle Dysmorphia is also referred to as bigorexia or reverse anorexia, often individuals have a preoccupation with thinking they are not muscular enough or are inadequate.

At The Bridge we understand that Muscle Dysmorphia can cause disordered eating behaviours. We believe that a holistic approach involves helping an individual tackle the root of their Muscle Dysmorphia, whilst working on their disordered eating behaviours.

What are the signs and symptoms of Muscle Dysmorphia?

A sufferer of Muscle Dysmorphia may obsess over being too small, underdeveloped, frail, or little, even though they go to the gym daily and are perceived to be muscly to others. People with Muscle Dysmorphia may overtrain and overwork their bodies even when they are hurt or injured. They may also demonstrate anxious or angry behaviour if they are forced to miss a workout. Individuals with Muscle Dysmorphia may use steroids or other illegal drugs to enhance performance or muscle mass. Most will also take a range of supplements such as protein shakes.

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How can The Bridge help with Muscle Dysmorphia?


Mental health nurse reviews

Clinical Psychology Therapy Sessions

Dietetic reviews

Group therapy

Family therapy

Our team are expertly trained in anxiety, depression and eating disorders and can help encourage more positive thoughts, behaviours and lifestyles. We offer a team of mental health nurses, psychologists and dietitians to enable recovery of individuals with Muscle Dysmorphia.

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