- Do you dislike the way any part of your body looks?
- Do you spend a lot of time thinking about your appearance every day?
- Do you engage in behaviours to check, hide, or fix your appearance (for example checking in the mirror, comparing yourself to others, grooming activities, or skin picking)?
- Do you avoid any places, people, or activities because of your appearance concerns (for example, do you avoid bright lights, mirrors, dating, or parties)?
- Do your appearance related thoughts or behaviours cause you a lot of anxiety, sadness, or shame?
- Do you have problems with school, family, or relationships because of your appearance concerns?
If you have answered yes to the questions above, and believe that your appearance concerns are messing up your life, then this website might help you and your family to better understand your difficulties. In these pages you will find information about BDD in young people. You will learn about the symptoms of BDD and how to best treat this disorder.
If you believe that you or your child suffers from BDD, we invite you to seek a referral to our clinic at the Maudsley Hospital in London, where we are currently conducting a treatment trial sponsored by the National Institute of Health Research (Department of Health). This trial is piloting a talking therapy to treat young people with BDD.