My Battle with BDD – Intrusive Thoughts

by Robyn Stern Many people are unaware of what Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is. To non-sufferers, it’s often seen as vanity. To sufferers, it’s a disabling disorder that significantly affects your quality of life. I am a therapist/social worker with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I will briefly discuss my journey, how I have overcome a disorder… Read more »

In the News: Guys and the Pressure to be Beach Body Perfect

Dr. Kathy Phillips — director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital, member of the IOCDF Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board, and author of many of the articles on this website — was recently interviewed by CBS News for a story about men’s body image concerns. “Body image concerns are common in boys… Read more »

The May Edition Of “Spotlight: BDD News & Research Updates” Is Here!

The May edition of Spotlight: BDD News & Research Updates is here! This quarterly blog series brings you the latest research news and information concerning body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), from highlighting work by members of our Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board to the latest headlines in journals and popular media alike. This blog series is part of our larger Spotlight series, which contains… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Does body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) include a focus on real or imagined details about one’s appearance? What’s the difference between BDD and general unhappiness with how you look on any given day? How disruptive is BDD? Are there cultural or genetic factors involved in determining who is affected by the disorder? These are just some… Read more »

Perception versus Reality: Sharing Lindsey’s Personal Story

“The first feeling I ever had about my appearance was panic.” A recent article published on Refinery29 by recovery blogger Lindsey Hall opens with the sentence above, introducing readers to an engaging personal story from Lindsey that explains struggles and challenges she’s faced related to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Read more of Lindsey’s story below,… Read more »

The February edition of “Spotlight: BDD News & Research Updates” is here!

The second edition of Spotlight: BDD News & Research Updates is here! As a reminder, this quarterly blog series brings you the latest research news and information concerning BDD, from highlighting work by members of our Scientific & Clinical Advisory Board to the latest headlines in journals and popular media alike. This blog series is part of our larger Spotlight series,… Read more »

Modern Family star gets candid about personal BDD experience

Modern Family actor Reid Ewing has been praised by countless mental health bloggers, advocates, news outlets, and others after disclosing his struggles with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in a recent Huffington Post article. Reid’s decision has arguably made him one of the most prominent voices for the disorder. A recent interview with the hosts of… Read more »

BDD and Plastic Surgery

Modern Family actor Reid Ewing has been in the news this week discussing his struggles with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and the plastic surgery operations he sought out to “fix” his “problem.” BDD has been the topic of more media stories and discussions lately, though many people do not understand the disorder, especially when it… Read more »

Introducing “IOCDF Spotlight: BDD News & Research Updates”

Research has always played a key role in our work at the International OCD Foundation. We are committed to finding and promoting the most effective treatment methods for OCD and related disorders, including body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and understanding the neurobiology behind and causes of these disorders. With these goals in mind, we’re excited to… Read more »

Introducing HelpforBDD.org — A New Source of Hope for those Affected by BDD

In 2012, Denis Asselin walked over 500 miles — or roughly one million steps — from his home in Cheyney, PA, to Boston, MA, in memory of his son Nathaniel. Nathaniel took his own life at just 24, after a long struggle with severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and OCD. After Nathaniel’s death, Denis embarked… Read more »