Stress, COVID-19, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

by Stella Kim Hansen, LMHC and Michele T. Pato, MD It wouldn’t be possible to write a blog post about body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) without acknowledging the stressful effects of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Through our own experiences in clinical work and doing research on the unique disorder of BDD, I am struck by how… Read more »

Walking with Love and Possibilities

by Denis Asselin In confinement no one can hear you scream. I know from experience.  It’s frustrating to be required to isolate and reduce a bigger world to a restricted one, especially if you suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and/or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). For many, being stuck in static, familiar surroundings may even… Read more »

Hope and help for individuals with BDD

by Eva E. Fisher, PhD 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. My goal since recovering from… Read more »

BDD-Related Quarantine Tips During COVID-19

by Angela Fang, PhD In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe with massive uncertainty about people’s jobs, relationships, and social lives, and has left behind an unprecedented wake of illness anxiety in the general population. Much of the focus during COVID-19 has been on obsessive compulsive symptoms (in particular, contamination-related obsessions and… Read more »

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A pediatric dermatologist’s perspective

Dr Margaret Lee, Boston University School of Medicine Imagine talking to a teenager who wants the strongest therapy available for acne, but you don’t see any red bumps. Imagine being told by a young woman that when she wears a bikini she constantly holds her arm a certain way to make sure no one can… Read more »

Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Me

by Scott M. Granet, LCSW This may sound like an odd way to put it, but up until the age of 19 I had a normal relationship with my hair. I didn’t try to avoid being in the wind and wouldn’t feel panicky if someone looked like they might touch it. I also didn’t care… Read more »

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 »