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Appearance Anxiety

Appearance Anxiety

The National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorders Service



The first book for teens that explains the causes and impact of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). The book is interspersed with accounts and artwork from young people with BDD, along with perspectives of their families. BDD is a debilitating mental health disorder, and this book gives advice on treatment including CBT and medication, and shows where to get help.

It increases awareness, provides solidarity for people with BDD, and alerts others to key signs and symptoms so they can prevent further suffering. It also includes a short section for families and professionals on what they can do to help, making this the go-to book for professionals and families to recommend to teens, as well an invaluable resource for young people themselves.

The National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorders Clinic at the Maudsley Hospital in London is at the forefront of research into BDD.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Appearance Anxiety 3
Contents 5
Contributors 6
Preface 7
A message from a young person with BDD 9
Chapter 1 - What is BDD and do I have it? 13
Chapter 2 - Why do people get BDD? 21
Chapter 3 - The impact of BDD 31
Chapter 4 - Cosmetic treatments 39
Chapter 5 - The internet and social media 45
Chapter 6 - Treatment for BDD 51
Chapter 7 - What can families, friends and carers do to help? 63
Chapter 8 - What can schools and professionals do to help? 71
Recommended reading, resources and organisations 79
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