Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)

Explains body dysmorphic disorder, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.

Your stories

My OCD: A Monster in My Mind

Foyez blogs about his experience with OCD and being interviewed for BBC’s Horizon special on OCD.

Foyez Syed
Posted on 26/08/2015

Travelling with eating disorders

Juliette Burton blogs about the challenges of travelling with an eating disorder.

Juliette Burton
Posted on 10/08/2015

Depression: sharing my story

Andy Baddeley, 1,500m runner and two-time Olympian, blogs about his experiences of depression.

Andy Baddeley
Posted on 27/05/2015

Useful contacts

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation
Information and resources for people experiencing BDD, their families and professionals.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

0161 704 4304
Can provide details of accredited CBT therapists.

Elefriends is a friendly, supportive online community for people experiencing a mental health problem.

IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies)
Directory of local NHS services which offer talking therapies.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Produces guidelines on best practice in health care, including recommended treatments for BDD.

NHS Choices
Information on online mental health services.

OCD Action

0845 390 6232
Information and support specifically for people with experience of OCD.


0845 120 3778
A charity run by people with OCD who campaign and can help with local support group information.

This information was published in May 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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