Who is affected

It's estimated that up to one in every 100 people in the UK may have BDD, although this may be an underestimate as people with the condition often hide it from others. BDD has been found to affect similar numbers of males and females.

The condition can affect all age groups, but usually starts when a person is a teenager or a young adult, when people are generally most sensitive about their appearance.

It's more common in people with a history of depression or social phobia . It often occurs alongside obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or Generalised anxiety disorder , and may also exist alongside an eating disorder , such as anorexia or bulimia .

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018