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5 Resources to Learn About Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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I was recently asked to write a short, informational fictional story about someone with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

How did it go?

Let’s just say my screen stayed blank for longer than I would’ve liked.

Sure, I write a blog about how our minds and bodies mesh when it comes to mental health, but I don’t know everything…and I don’t pretend to know it all.

I imagine you don’t, either, especially considering body dysmorphic disorder affects only about one percent of the U.S. population.

Because of this, I thought it’s high time to point to some body dysmorphic disorder resources.

1. Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation

The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation is a sort of one-stop shop for everything BDD. Find information about the disorder, helpful resources, and even ways you can help by volunteering.

2. International OCD Foundation

The International OCD Foundation dedicates an entire website to body dysmorphic disorder, including information about the symptoms and treatments.

3. Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Let the ADAA teach you about how body dysmorphic disorder symptoms go way beyond just having something you don’t like about your physical self.

4. World Psychiatry

This World Psychiatry article, provided by the National Institutes of Health, covers everything from quality of life to the cultural aspects of BDD.

5. Teens Health

Like several mental health issues, body dysmorphic disorder doesn’t affect just adults. Let the Teens Health section of Kids Health help you learn more about how BDD affects the younger population, too.

How about YOU, readers? Do you or someone you know deal with body dysmorphic disorder? How do you manage it? What advice would offer someone who’s just been diagnosed? Let’s hear your suggestions in the comments below!

5 Resources to Learn About Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2015). 5 Resources to Learn About Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 26, 2020, from


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