Top 10 Recommendations for Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) with Medication

By Katharine A. Phillips, MD 1. Certain medications are recommended for treating BDD, especially moderate to severe BDD. The right medication usually substantially improves BDD symptoms. It can even be lifesaving. It may be hard to believe that a simple pill can substantially improve BDD symptoms and sometimes even take them all away. After all,… Read more »

Healing from Family Trauma and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Eve Fisher, PhD “Stop behaving like your father!” I remember my mother scolding me after one of my emotional outbursts when I was young. My father would often yell and raise his voice when he was upset about something my mother, my brother, or I had done. My mother’s admonition to not act like him… Read more »

BDD: It doesn’t have to be this way

by Scott M. Granet, LCSW Disgusting, ugly, deformed, monster, freak, alien, defective. How many of these words have you used to describe how you feel about yourself and your appearance?  No psychiatric disorder is good to have, but I don’t know any other that so often results in people feeling so awful about themselves. It… Read more »

BDD: Letter of Encouragement

To anyone seeking relief from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, First, I want to acknowledge your brave decision to seek help and resources on your journey to recovery from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). You have found an incredible organization, The International OCD Foundation, with vast information and material to help you better understand the disorder and the… Read more »

Some common misconceptions about BDD treatment — and why you can still get help

By Fanny Alexandra Dietel, PhD, and Ulrike Buhlmann, PhD I have worried about my appearance for several years. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) has ruined my jobs, my relationships, my life. Still, it took me such a long time to seek help. This scenario — and the long journey of suffering attached to it — is… Read more »

From Struggle to Success: My BDD Journey from Childhood to Today

PLEASE NOTE: The following blog post contains discussion of topics that may be upsetting, including suicide. Please take care of yourself as you read this article. If you are in crisis, know that help is only a call or click away at 1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org. by Chris Trondsen Recently, I went through a box filled with… Read more »

Exercise and recovery from body dysmorphic disorder

by Eva E. Fisher, PhD I am writing this post while gazing out the window at a beautiful Colorado landscape. Today is the first time in almost a month that the temperature is moderate (in the low 80s), and the sky is clear of smoke. I am looking forward to taking my cat for a… Read more »

Is seeing believing?

by Dr. James Claiborn People with BDD struggle with what they see when they look at themselves. They often report seeing aspects of their appearance that are distorted, deformed or perhaps just ugly. What any of us see when we look at anything is the product of perceptual processing. Understanding what is involved in perceptual… Read more »

Make peace, not love

by Dr. Ryan Kaplan Often when people with BDD first come to see me for treatment, they describe their struggles with their appearance and how they hate what they see when they look in the mirror. They talk about feelings of disgust, anxiety, and shame about their appearance, and a deep desire to one day… Read more »