What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)?
Most of us will have felt self-conscious or unhappy about our looks at some point, if not regularly. This common experience can lead people to underestimate Body Dysmorphic Disorder and the severity of the illness.
How is BDD different from the average body insecurities?
BDD is much more than feeling insecure about your looks. It is an obsession with a slight or imagined defect in your appearance. This could be
- a facial feature
- a particular body part
- a worry about symmetry or proportion
While it might seem like nothing to someone else, if you have BDD, the defect is almost all you can think about and has a big impact on your day-to-day life.
Why do people suffer from BDD?
It isn’t always clear why people develop BDD. Research suggests that there is a genetic element – it can run in families – but this isn’t the whole story.
Teasing, bullying and other abuse in childhood can also be a factor.
How can we help you beat BDD?
If you have BDD you are probably convinced that the only way to improve your self esteem is to improve the way you look.
At The Recover Clinic, we work with you to
- manage disordered thoughts and behaviour
- gain a sense of self-empowerment
- build self-esteem and body confidence on these foundations
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Treatment
Treatment may involve counselling, group therapy or a referral to an inpatient clinic. Our programs give you a chance to live free from the pain of BDD and to embrace your life with peace and happiness once again.
Get in touch
Call us today on 0845 603 6530 to speak to a member of our BDD counselling team or fill in our short contact form.
What are the symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
If you have BDD, you may
- constantly compare your looks to other people’s
- spend several hours a day thinking about the defect
- check the part you don’t like over and over again in mirrors, or
- avoid mirrors altogether
- try to hide the problem because you’re worried friends and family will think you’re vain or self-obsessed
- over-exercise and go on extreme diets
- find elaborate ways to cover up the defect
- seek medical treatment or even cosmetic surgery for the defect
These and other symptoms develop as a way of coping with the anxiety you feel about your appearance.
Do I have Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
If you think you might have BDD, ask yourself whether you
- spend a lot of time worrying about the way you look and want to think about it less?
- want to hide or change certain parts of your body or face even though others can’t see anything wrong?
- find it hard to work or spend time with friends because of your worries about your looks?
If you answer yes to these questions you may well have BDD. Please get in touch to find out how we could help you.
What are the side effects of Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
If BDD isn’t treated, it can take over your life to the point where you find it hard to work, go out with friends, or enjoy your home life.
It can lead to
- social withdrawal
- social isolation
In extreme cases, BDD can even lead to suicide.
Statistics about BDD
- Around one in every 100 people in the UK may have BDD
- Roughly the same number of men and women suffer from BDD
- BDD is more common in people who suffer from depression or other mental health illnesses – including eating disorders
Statistics from www.nhs.uk
Don’t suffer in silence
Whatever the level of support you are looking for, we can help. Call us today on 0845 603 6530 and speak to a member of our Body Dysmorphia counselling team or complete our short enquiry form.