Getting help

People with BDD are often reluctant to seek help because they feel ashamed or embarrassed.

However, if you have BDD, there is nothing to feel ashamed or embarrassed about. It is a long-term health condition, just like many physical conditions, and it's not your fault.

Seeking help is important because it's unlikely that your symptoms will improve if left untreated, and they may get worse.

You should visit your GP if you think you may have BDD. Initially, they will probably ask a number of questions about your symptoms and how they affect you, such as:

  • Do you worry a lot about the way you look and wish you could think about it less?
  • What specific concerns do you have about your appearance?
  • On a typical day, how many hours is your appearance on your mind?
  • What effect does it have on your life?
  • Does it make it hard to do your work or be with friends?

If your GP suspects BDD, they can refer you to a mental health specialist for further assessment and any appropriate treatment.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018