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!