Frequently asked questions

Are people with BDD vain?

No. People with BDD are quite the opposite from being vain or deliberately self-obsessed.

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What causes BDD?

There has been very little research into BDD, however scientists believe it is a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors.

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When does concern with appearance become BDD?

Many of us are concerned with some aspect of our appearance, but it’s not always BDD.

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How common is BDD?

BDD is recognised as a ‘hidden disorder’. While some surveys have put BDD at about 2% of the population, it could be more widespread than we think.

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What if I have a real defect?

People with BDD often ask this question. But more often than not it has to do with how BDD affects people.

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How can I manage social media?

The internet and social media come up a lot when talking about BDD because for many people it is an important part of their lives.

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What is the difference between BDD and an eating disorder?

BDD tends to be focused on specific areas of concern and restricted eating may be employed to try and alter those perceived flaws.

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Are Cosmetic Treatments helpful?

Given that a person with BDD is preoccupied with a perceived flaw in their appearance, it is only natural that people seek physical solutions to their appearance concerns. However, BDD is a psychological problem and requires psychological treatment.

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