Body dysmorphic disorder is an anxiety disorder that is related to the individual’s body image. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) can vary in its severity day by day and person to person. Some people are afraid to be seen in public or be around other people because of their misconceptions. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

A person may receive a BDD diagnosis if they:

  • Have developed compulsive behaviours and compulsive routines – These can include picking their skin or constantly looking in the mirror. These actions are a means of helping the sufferer to deal with their anxieties about the way they look. 
  • Have experienced obsessive worries about their perceived flaws in their appearance – The flaws are not seen by other people, or they are minor flaws.

A person with body dysmorphic disorder can be quite distressed by their behaviours and obsessions. They can have a huge impact on their daily lives. In this way, obsessive compulsive disorder and BDD are quite similar. 

BDD can cause the sufferer other problems such as: 

  • Feeling shame and guilt
  • Feeling lonely
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Isolation as they wish to avoid situations which make them uncomfortable or anxious
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • The desire to have cosmetic surgery and other unnecessary procedures

Many sufferers of BDD do not ask for help. They are afraid people will judge them or think they are just being vain. This means those with this disorder can suffer from it for a long time before they ask for help. 

You can find more information about BDD (including how it is treated) herehttps://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-body-dysmorphic-disorder#1

 

We offer mental health support for Selby, Barlby, and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk