Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a mental health condition which involves anxiety and distress linked to body image. A person with BDD spends a lot of time worrying excessively about perceived flaws in their physical appearance. This includes worries about a specific area of the body being too big or too small, out of proportion or lacking symmetry. These perceived flaws however, cannot be seen by others or only appear very slight.
People of any age can have BDD, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults. It affects both men and women.
Having BDD does not mean you are vain or self-obsessed. It can be very upsetting and have a big impact on your life.
Symptoms of BDD
You might have BDD if you:
BDD can seriously affect your daily life, including your work, social life and relationships. BDD can also lead to depression, self-harm and even thoughts of suicide.