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.
Me and my friends want young people to know that calories aren't the enemy!
Shak & Natasha