I first realised something was wrong when I was 15. I was becoming more and more anxious about my personal appearance. Every time I looked in the mirror, I was horrified.
People told me to stop being silly, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
I was worried that they would think I was vain or self-obsessed, but now that I’ve been diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder, I know that’s not the case.
Sometimes it would take me as long as four hours to get ready for school because I would spend hours doing my hair and makeup. At that point, I knew I needed help and went to see my GP.
Having someone take me seriously was a huge relief; it was the first step in getting help. So my Fixers campaign is about encouraging parents to take mental health seriously.
Shak & Natasha
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.