Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

What is body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)?

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder related to body image. It’s closely related to obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD).

You might be given a diagnosis of BDD if you:

  • Experience obsessive worries about one or more perceived flaws in your physical appearance, and the flaw can’t be seen by others or appears very slight
  • Develop compulsive and repetitive behaviours and routines  such as excessive use of mirrors or picking your skin, to deal with the worries you have about the way you look
  • Experience significant disruption to your daily life as a result of these worries and behaviours, such as avoiding social situations

BDD can vary in severity from person to person and from day to day. Worries about your appearance may make it difficult to go out in public or see other people. It can have an impact on your work life and relationships with other people.