“Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health disorder in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance — a flaw that appears minor or can’t be seen by others. But you may feel so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations.” – Mayo Clinic
When I saw this assignment, I immediately thought of body dysmorphia. I personally believe that everyone has felt an instance of body dysmorphia in some sort of way (I know I have, and struggling with self-image is a super hard thing to go through). Maybe not everyone has experienced it to the point of where it is causing significant distress and impairment in our life, but I know as humans we’ve all thought about our flaws and we see ourselves in a completely different way than others, which can be very frustrating.
Since I could personally relate to this struggle, I decided to create a design for a potential book cover on this topic. I specifically chose the text, because it looked kind of dysmorphed itself, especially with the spacing in the word “dysmorphia”. I chose the red background from the text to connect with the red outlining of the picture, which I thought was simple but very accurate and eye catching.
P.S. – If you are struggling with something like this, know you are not alone, and I am always here to talk/listen!