Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) sometimes referred to as Body Dysmorphia or Dysmorphic Syndrome is a psychological illness in which an individual is excessively concerned about a part of their body which they believe to be defected.
How to find help with Body Dysmorphic Disorder / BDD
By calling our counselling team on 0203 326 9160 we will recommend one of our psychotherapy team who specialise in BDD.
Treatment starts with an initial meeting, in which you will chat with one of our counsellors. If you decide that you are comfortable with them and that you can speak with them easily, you will start to work with them on your plan for recovery.
Calls to us are completely confidential.
Why seek treatment for BDD?
BDD is a chronic illness and symptoms are likely to persist if left untreated. The disorder can significantly diminish an individual quality of life and create social anxiety. It often leaves the individual feeling demoralized and can lead to clinical depression. In extreme cases is can lead to suicidal ideation and 7% of sufferers attempting suicide.
Recent research has established that some people do indeed perceive appearance differently to others, and can be more acutely aware of what others would consider relatively minor deviations from 'normal' or 'beautiful' in physical form.
Symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
People with BDD become overly preoccupied with some aspect of their body. The most common complaints relate to the nose, hair, skin, eyes, chin lips and the overall build of the body as well as the breasts and genitals.
Onset of symptoms generally occurs in adolescence or early adulthood. It is often believed women are affected more than men but research shows that it affects men and women equally.
A recent study found that up to 5% of the population is affected by BDD at any one time. Another study also found that up to 12% of patients seeing dermatologists and up to 15% of patients seeking cosmetic surgery had a diagnosis of BDD.
How can Clinical Partners help?
BDD is a treatable illness using medication and counseling. Depending on your symptoms we would undertake an assessment with you and create a bespoke treatment programme for you. At Clinical Partners we have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists who have experience in treating BDD.
By calling our Clinical Team on 0203 326 9160 they will discuss your situation and recommend a specialist for you.