Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)

Explains what body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is, the symptoms and possible causes of BDD and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and advice for friends and family.

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Useful contacts

Who else could help?

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

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
Provides details of accredited CBT therapists.

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.

OCD Action

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


03332 127 890
A charity run by people with OCD who campaign and can help with local support group information.

This information was published in November 2018. We will revise it in 2021.

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