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 »

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 »