Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a disorder in which an individual has a disabling preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in appearance. It can affect all genders and makes sufferers excessively self-conscious (BDD Foundation, 2021)


  • Excessive worry about a part of the body, particularly the face
  • Spend a lot of time comparing features with others
  • Excessively looking in mirrors or completely avoiding mirrors at all
  • Trying to alter their appearance e.g. through make-up, surgeries or picking at skin
  • Avoiding contact with people
  • Feelings of shame and guilt

Support available

It is important to remember that BDD is a treatable condition. Many sufferers do not seek help because they feel ashamed or are worried that they will be considered vain.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation has information about BDD, helpful resources and information about the support options available.

Mind has information and resources about BDD for sufferers and their families and friends.

BDD can be treated via psychological therapies. Visit our service lookup here to see if we deliver a talking therapy service in your local area. Alternatively, you can visit the NHS website here and enter your postcode to find your local service.