Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder related to body image.
You might be given a diagnosis of BDD if you:
If you have BDD, these obsessions and behaviours cause emotional distress and have a significant impact on your ability to carry on with your day-to-day life. In this way, BDD is closely related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
BDD can vary in severity from person-to-person and from day-to-day. For some people, concerns around appearance may make it difficult for them to go out in public or see other people.
"It varies day-to-day. It can sit quietly or it can be completely
Many people with BDD do not seek help because they are worried that people will judge them or think they are vain. This means that many people with BDD are likely to experience it for a long time before seeking support.
People with BDD see themselves differently to how others see them. Although everyone's experience of BDD is unique, there are some common signs.
Common obsessive worries about the body
These thoughts cause you significant anxiety and you will often spend several hours a day thinking about the area or areas of concern. BDD can
affect any area of the body but common areas of anxiety include your
skin, hair, nose, chin, lips or genitals.
''I've struggled with BDD for 13 years. It changes. Sometimes it
is something little, like my nose, that is really bothering me that
day. Sometimes it is every centimetre of my body that just feels
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