Information and news related to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

BDD Conference

Later this year, the first ever conference specifically for people affected by Body Dysmorphic Disorder will take place in London on Saturday 30th May.  Organised by the BDD Foundation there will be a keynote talks by several BDD specialists from around the world.

The conference is aimed at people with BDD and their friends and families although health professionals are welcome too.

For further information please visit the BDD Foundation website by clicking here.


Article posted on: Thu, 15/01/2015 - 12:37pm

Social Selfie - BDD Style

Clarissa's BDD Selfie

Social selfies is the latest social media internet craze, with the #nomakeupselfie hashtag trending across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where women posted barefaced without make-up selfies of themselves on social media. Cancer charities have received hundreds of thousands more donations than usual in the last 24 hours after women posted the barefaced selfies of themselves, each donating a few pounds to the cancer charities before nominating friends to do the same.

Earlier today we received the following email from Helen.

Article posted on: Thu, 20/03/2014 - 7:58pm

New national treatment centre for OCD in the West of England to be announced

Professor Paul Salkovskis at the OCD-UK conference

OCD-UK have today learned that a new NHS national treatment centre offering specialist treatment for OCD is due to open in the South West of England early next year.

We have been concerned for some time by the fact that there are very few NHS centres which can offer specialist treatment for OCD beyond the M25 circular, and as an organisation we have been actively supporting efforts to extend the availability of high quality treatment in the NHS outside of the Greater London area. We previously supported efforts to establish an OCD service in Liverpool, although this service was not commissioned.

We are therefore delighted to learn that the University of Bath and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust are about to open a new Assessment, Treatment, Training and Research Centre which will provide, both a regional and a national clinic offering expert and highly specialist services for a range of psychological problems, particularly OCD and related problems. The provisional name for this new service is the Centre for Specialist Psychological Treatments of Anxiety and Related Problems (CSPTARP) and the Clinical Director will be Professor Paul Salkovskis (pictured), who is a long-standing supporter and patron of OCD-UK. We also understand that the centre will probably be based in South Bristol with a possible satellite centre in Swindon, and will begin accepting NHS referrals early in 2013.

Article posted on: Sat, 22/12/2012 - 9:40am

Treating BDD Together

Springfield Hospital

The Service for severe, refractory OCD and BDD at the Springfield Hospital part of the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) is piloting an innovative and fresh approach to treating by setting up ‘group treatment sessions’ to help people who suffer from the condition.

Bringing together people who have a range of severity of BDD has a number of therapeutic benefits - it allows patients to gain from others’ experiences, and it also gives them the opportunity to observe how fellow group members overcome difficulties, such as dysfunctional beliefs or low self esteem. For those with less severe forms of BDD it can help them to gain some important insight and hopefully motivate them to address their problems before it increases in severity.

Article posted on: Thu, 20/12/2012 - 10:58pm

Should OCD be removed from Anxiety Disorders in DSM-5?

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is published by the American Psychiatric Association and provides clinicians with official definitions of, and criteria for, diagnosing mental disorders.

The current edition of the DSM (DSM-IV) categorises Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder (OCD) under 'Anxiety Disorders'. However, some experts have controversially suggested that the upcoming revised edition of the DSM removes OCD from this category and grouping it with putatively related conditions under the heading of 'related OCD conditions'. The proposed OCD-related conditions would include Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), Tic disorders, Hypochondriasis, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Trichotillomania and other grooming disorders, Eating disorders, Pathological Gambling (PG) and other Impulse-control disorders, including alcohol and substance dependence and Kleptomania.

Article posted on: Wed, 22/02/2012 - 12:02am

People with BDD process big picture visual information abnormally

People suffering from BDD — a severe mental illness characterised by debilitating misperceptions that one appears disfigured and ugly — process visual information abnormally, even when looking at inanimate objects, according to a new UCLA study.

First author Dr. Jamie Feusner, a UCLA assistant professor of psychiatry, and colleagues found that patients with BDD have less brain activity when processing holistic visual elements that provide the 'big picture', regardless of whether that picture is a face or an object. The research appears in the current online edition of the journal Psychological Medicine.

Article posted on: Mon, 30/05/2011 - 12:08am

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