What is BDD?

If like many people you don't know what Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is, you've stumbled across one of our biggest problems; there's not enough information available.

BDD is a preoccupation with one or more slight or perceived flaws in appearance. BDD is often referred to as 'imagined ugliness', it's where someone becomes so hung up over their body image that it starts to have a negative effect on their entire life and this can range from continual extreme thoughts about corrective surgery, to being completely housebound.

It’s important to understand that people with BDD are not vain or attention seeking. People with BDD perceive themselves as flawed or ugly and tend to be isolated because they believe others will think they are vain, therefore preventing them seeking help.

BDD also shares many side effects with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Manic Depression and affects men and women equally.

What are the symptoms of BDD?

Sufferers of BDD usually focus on their “flaws” for over an hour a day and it will affect one or aspects of their life. They will also tend to avoid certain situations such as having their photograph taken, close up interactions, bright lights, lots of mirrors etc.

Sufferers are not necessarily house-bound but will remain very self-conscious in everything they do. The following are things to look out for:

  • Checking your appearance in a mirror or reflective surface obsessively.
  • Continually seeking reassurance about your appearance.
  • Cutting your own or combing your hair to make it look right.
  • Picking your skin to make it perfect.
  • Comparing yourself with other people, including celebrities in magazines.
  • Depressive thoughts in relation to body image.

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Who are we?

BODY is a national charitable organisation that actively celebrates individuality and strives to cure those with body disorders such as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). We believe in 'Being One Distinguished You' because we are ALL unique and we are ALL beautiful. Click here to read more.

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