Body Dysmorphic Disorder

This video shows what it is like to have BDD

CBT is the effective therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

If you have BDD you may experience intrusive thoughts, feelings and pictures from the past that make you feel your safety behaviours (e.g. covering up, mirror checking) are important to protect you from harm. These thoughts tend to remain unshakable despite reassurance from others. People with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) see themselves as ugly and disgusting. BDD is an anxiety disorder but it is often misread by professionals as depression or panic. It often goes undiagnosed and treated but it is possible to treat it effectively with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques (and medication if needed). 

It usually starts in adolescence and is equally common amongst men and women In severe cases it can lead to self-disfigurement, addiction to drugs or alcohol, and depression. One in four affected by BDD attempt suicide Research shows that it affects 1-2% of our population in the UK. 

Signs and Symptoms 

Frequently comparing appearance with that of others 

Repeatedly checking the appearance of the specific body part in mirrors or other reflective surfaces 

Refusing to have pictures taken 

Wearing excessive clothing, makeup and hats to camouflage the perceived flaw 

Using hands or posture to hide the imagined defect 

Frequently touching the perceived flaw 

Picking at one's skin 

Frequently measuring the imagined or exaggerated defect 

Elaborate grooming rituals 

Excessive researching about the perceived defective body part 

Seeking surgery or other medical treatment despite contrary opinions or medical recommendations 

Seeking reassurance about the perceived defect or trying to convince others that it's abnormal or excessive 

Avoiding social situations in which the perceived flaw might be noticed 

Feeling anxious and self-conscious around others (social phobia) because of the imagined defect 

People with severe body dysmorphic disorder may drop out of school, quit their jobs or avoid leaving their homes. In the most severe cases, people with BDD may consider or attempt suicide. 

Certain physical obsessions are common in a person with body dysmorphic disorder. These include: Overall size, shape or symmetry of a certain facial feature, such as size or shape of nose Moles or freckles perceived as too large or noticeable Acne and blemishes Minor scars or skin abrasions Too much facial or body hair Baldness Breast size Muscles perceived as too small Size or shape of genitalia. 

If you want help with overcoming BDD then please contact us to discuss your problems or to book an assessment - 0161 8345888

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