About BDD

What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)?

Sad Woman in front of MirrorBody dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a common, often severe, and under-recognized body image disorder. People with BDD worry that something's wrong with how they look, which causes them a lot of distress or interferes with their day-to-day life. They may describe themselves as looking ugly, unattractive, "not right," deformed, or even hideous or monstrous.

People with BDD most often worry about the appearance of their skin (for example, perceived acne, scarring, skin color, lines, wrinkles), hair (for example, perceived thinning or too much body hair), or nose (for example, perceived size or shape). However, people with BDD can dislike any part of their body.

BDD is an under-recognized and serious mental illness. It isn't vanity. It's important to recognize BDD symptoms and get the right treatment. With the right treatment, most people with BDD will get better!

People with BDD think about their perceived appearance flaws for at least an hour a day and typically for many hours a day. When other people say they look fine, people with BDD find it hard to believe this reassurance. Thus, BDD should not be considered as simply a form or type of OCD or treated as if it is simply OCD.