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We are delighted to announce that tickets for the Virtual Conference on Saturday 26th June 2021 are now on sale!

The BDD Foundation and OCD Action have joined forces to bring our wide-reaching community together for a day of education, inspiration and connection. We know that as a community, we have been one of the hardest hit by the restrictions, fear and isolation of the past year, and that as we start to emerge from lockdown, new challenges will emerge too.

We believe that being part of a supportive community and connecting with one another will be at the core of our journey as we move forward together, and since this event is happening online, we can truly make this invitation global.

About the conference

On our main stage, BDD room and OCD room we’ll be hosting a range of world-renowned experts who will explore the latest breakthroughs in research, clinical practice, and emerging treatments. Meanwhile, our breakout rooms will include a jam-packed schedule of workshops, performances and opportunities to connect.

And you can experience all of this and more without even having to leave your home.

So join us as we give our community a platform to gather together and focus on the strength and resilience of people who have lived experience of OCD, BDD and BFRBs.

Reserve your place at the conference by purchasing a ticket for just £7.50

Who will be speaking at the conference?

Whether you want to hear about innovative treatments and research from leading international speakers, learn how to advocate for yourself and others responsibly, or simply want to meet new people and reconnect with old friends, there’s something for everyone!

We are delighted to announce a few of our keynote speakers:

  • Dr Guy Doron, a clinical psychologist, researcher and senior lecturer at the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. His main areas of interest include the understanding and treatment of ROCD and the development of mHealth applications for improving body image distress, low mood and obsessive compulsive symptoms.
  • Danny Gray, an entrepreneur and mental health advocate with lived experience of BDD.
  • Dr Amita Jassi, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and lead for the national specialist BDD service for young people at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
  • Dr Fugen Neziroglu, a certified behaviour and cognitive psychologist, and leading researcher on OCD related disorders and anxiety disorders.
  • Professor David Nutt, a psychiatrist and the Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology in Imperial College London. He is currently leading research into new forms of treatment using Psilocybin at Imperial College London.
  • Dr Fred Penzel, a Clinical Psychologist, who specialises in Cognitive Behavioural treatment of OCD, BDD, Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania.
  • Professor Katharine Phillips, a Professor of Psychiatry and Residency Research Director at Weill Cornell Medical College, who specialises in BDD.
  • The TLC Foundation, a non profit organisation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours.
  • Professor David Veale, a Consultant Psychiatrist in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust who specialises in OCD and BDD.

…and many more!

We will be revealing more speakers and sessions over the coming weeks. Expect a full schedule of varied sessions, including art workshops, inspirational stories, live performances, peer support groups and more. Watch this space for updates!

What will the virtual conference look like?

The conference will capture the feeling of a physical event as much as possible, so we’ve created several virtual rooms for different types of sessions. We will have:

  • a main stream for our keynote speakers
  • break-out channels for a BDD room, an OCD room, a family room, support room, community room and more.

Seamlessly switch between them as you like, and experience all each space has to offer without even having to leave your home!

Get your tickets today for just £7.50

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Young people’s experiences of BDD in education

We are delighted to announce that tickets for the Virtual Conference on Saturday 26th June 2021 are now on sale!

BDD most typically emerges in adolescence and is estimated to affect 2.2% of the UK adolescent population. There is a dearth of research into children’s and young people’s lived experiences of BDD, particularly in relation to educational contexts. Using Constructivist Grounded Theory methodology, interview data from 10 young people between the ages of 16 and 25 were analysed for this study.

Findings informed the development of a psychological model of BDD in young people: The Shame Identity Model of BDD in Young People. This paper focuses on the educational aspects of this model. Implications for educational professionals are discussed.

You can read the full article which was published 17th March 2021:

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Research into Psilocybin for BDD

We are delighted to announce that tickets for the Virtual Conference on Saturday 26th June 2021 are now on sale!

There are promising results in previous trials in depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and PTSD. The aim of the research is therefore to investigate the safety and effectiveness of psilocybin, given under one off medically supportive conditions. This will be done in a randomised, controlled trial for people with treatment resistant body dysmorphic disorder. Research in psilocybin is expensive mainly because it is a Class 1 illegal substance. It is however very safe if appropriate screening and support is provided. Our budget is £240,000 and so far we have raised £50,000. We’d like to start in Summer 2021. 

You can watch a brief presentation on psilocybin for BDD

We are raising funds via Givey for this trial. Please do DONATE

When you make your donation through Givey, the Charity receives 100% of the donation. Your details are safe with Givey and donating is completely secure. They never share your email address with any third parties except the Charity you donate to.

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BDD Foundation & OCD Action Joint Virtual Conference

Get your tickets today

We are delighted to announce that tickets for the Virtual Conference on Saturday 26th June 2021 are now on sale!

The BDD Foundation and OCD Action have joined forces to bring our wide-reaching community together for a day of education, inspiration and connection.

We know that as a community, we have been one of the hardest hit by the restrictions, fear and isolation of the past year, and that as we start to emerge from lockdown, new challenges will emerge too.

We believe that being part of a supportive community and connecting with one another will be at the core of our journey as we move forward together, and since this event is happening online, we can truly make this invitation global.

On our main stage, BDD room and OCD room we’ll be hosting a range of world-renowned experts who will explore the latest breakthroughs in research, clinical practice, and emerging treatments. Meanwhile our breakout rooms will include a jam-packed schedule of workshops, performances and opportunities to connect.

And you can experience all of this and more without even having to leave your home.

So join us as we give our community a platform to gather together and focus on the strength and resilience of people who have lived experience of OCD, BDD and BFRBs.

Purchase your ticket today


Who will be speaking?

Whether you want to hear about innovative treatments and research from leading international speakers, learn how to advocate for yourself and others responsibly, or simply want to meet new people and reconnect with old friends, there’s something for everyone!

We are delighted to announce our Main Stage speakers:

  • Dr Guy Doron, a clinical psychologist, researcher and senior lecturer at the School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya. His main areas of interest include the understanding and treatment of ROCD and the development of mHealth applications for improving body image distress, low mood and obsessive compulsive symptoms.
  • Professor Mark Freeston, a professor of clinical psychology at Newcastle University whose particular interests are Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
  • Dr Amita Jassi, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and lead for the national specialist BDD service for young people at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
  • Professor David Nutt, a psychiatrist and the Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology in Imperial College London. He is currently leading research into new forms of treatment using Psilocybin at Imperial College London.
  • Dr Fred Penzel, a Clinical Psychologist, who specialises in Cognitive Behavioural treatment of OCD, BDD, Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania.
  • Jack Pridmore, an author, business consultant and CEO of The Accessful Foundation, a UK disability charity. Jack has lived experience of OCD.
  • Professor Katharine Phillips, a Professor of Psychiatry and Residency Research Director at Weill Cornell Medical College, who specialises in BDD.
  • The TLC Foundation, a nonprofit organisation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours.
  • Professor David Veale, a Consultant Psychiatrist in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust who specialises in OCD and BDD.

We will be revealing the speakers and sessions in our limited capacity rooms over the coming weeks. Expect a full schedule of varied sessions, including art workshops, inspirational stories, live performances, peer support groups and more. Watch this space for updates!


Youth Room

We have created a Youth Room, specifically for 14 – 17 year olds. Speaking in our Youth Room are:

  • Jennifer Clough, an OCD Action Youth Group Facilitator with lived experience of OCD.
  • Dr Sasha Walters, a Senior Clinical Psychologist currently working part time in the South London and Maudsley National and Specialist CAMHS OCD, BDD & Related Disorders Team. Dr Sasha will be presenting on OCD in young people, making sense of it and getting the best out of treatment. She will then present with Dr Elif Gökçen on OCD and BDD in the context of Autism, and key adaptions to CBT treatment. 
  • Dr Elif Gökçen, a Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorder Clinic at the Maudsley Hospital. Dr Elif will be presenting on Understanding and Treating BDD in young people, followed by a joint presentation with Dr Sasha Walters on OCD and BDD in the context of Autism, and key adaptions to CBT treatment. 
  • Alanah Bagwell, Mairéad Ruane and Zack Tucker, three young people with lived experience of OCD and BDD, discussing the difficulties of growing up with the conditions.
  • Jack Pridmore, an author, business consultant and CEO of The Accessful Foundation, a UK disability charity. Jack has lived experience of OCD from a young age and he wants to help you to take the pressure out of recovery!
  • Elias Marchetti, a 21 year old student with lived experience of OCD and BDD. Elias will be talking about how CBT changed his life.

Tickets for the Youth Room are £3. You will need to obtain parental / guardian consent before purchasing a ticket for the Youth Room. Please download a consent form here and email it to conference@ocdaction.org.uk.

Once we have received your form, we will send you instructions to buy your tickets.


What will the virtual conference look like?

We want the conference to capture the feeling of a physical event as much as possible, so we’ve created several virtual rooms for different types of sessions. We have a main stream for our keynote speakers, and then break-out channels for an BDD room, a OCD room, a family room, a support room, a community room and a youth room. Seamlessly switch between them as you like, and experience all each space has to offer without even having to leave your home!

Purchase your ticket today


Bursary Fund people on low incomes

We want to share our conference with as many people affected by OCD, BDD and BFRBs as possible. To help people who could find the cost of a ticket prohibiting, we have put together a bursary fund with Maternal OCD for 40 free tickets.

We are allocating these tickets on a first come, first serve basis.

Download our simple application form here and send it back to us by email to conference@ocdaction.org.uk by 23:59 on Friday the 18th June.

If you have any questions about the bursary fund or application process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at conference@ocdaction.org.uk or by calling OCD Action’s London office on 020 7253 5272.

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‘What’s Going on in your Head?’ Event

We are delighted to announce that tickets for the Virtual Conference on Saturday 26th June 2021 are now on sale!

The event organisers of ‘What’s Going on in your Head?’ chose the theme of body image to coincide with MHAW and we had the fantastic Omari Eccleston-Brown representing the BDD Foundation with an interpretive dance and then discussion about his experience of BDD. 

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The Girl in the Mirror: What’s it like to suffer from BDD

We are delighted to announce that tickets for the Virtual Conference on Saturday 26th June 2021 are now on sale!

Elle Magazine reached out to the BDD Foundation for an article in their May edition: ‘The Girl in the Mirror: What it is like to suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder. While general feelings of insecurity plague many young women, for a person who has BDD, such thoughts are all-consuming. The problem crosses over from body image concern if it’s affecting your ability to work, manage a relationship or keep up a social life.

Rebecca and other’s talk about their experiences with BDD:

‘[BDD] stops you from doing everything. It’s a form of anxiety. You’re trapped in your head every second of every day. All you can think about is your body and how uncomfortable you feel in it.’

Read the full article here

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The Psychology Behind Podcast with Dr Linda Papadopoulos

A two-part special on Body Dysmorphic Disorder

In the first of a two part special focusing on the debilitating body image disorder, Body Dysmorphia, Dr Linda chats to Kitty Wallace who has battled with BDD since her teens. BDD is an all consuming disorder, where the sufferer finds themselves fixating on a perceived flaw or defect in their appearance that is invisible to others and it can have a hugely debilitating effect on their ability to engage in every day activities

In Kitty’s darkest times she found herself unable to leave the house for months on end, avoiding social situations because of her anxiety over her skin. When she did try and leave the house there were times when she found herself locked in an 8 hour cycle of trying to cover up the skin on her face, applying and removing make up until she eventually gave up, exhausted. 

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel as she goes on to discuss her recovery through therapy.

In part two of the Body Dysmorphia special it explores treatment and therapies that are available if you or someone you know may be struggling to cope with living with BDD.

 Dr Amita Jassi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist OCD, BDD and Related Disorder Service for Children and Young People chats to Dr Linda about the hallmarks and symptoms of BDD, how to support a loved one and sheds light on how effective CBT is when seeking treatment and support.

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A Doctor’s View Podcast with Dr Paul Polyvios

A two-part special on Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Minnie is a remarkable lady who not only knows the effects BDD can have first-hand but facilitates BDD support groups to help other sufferers. We get to hear, in her own words, her story with BDD starting from experiencing racism in her childhood, to cosmetic surgery in her late teens and suicidal thoughts through to finally getting diagnosed at the age of 44 and then her recovery journey.

She discusses how her CBT therapy worked and what some of her exposure challenges looked and felt like.  Very significantly she talks about the ups and downs of recovery and that relapses are a normal part of this.

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Staring At Our Faces On Zoom Is Impacting Our Self-Image

A two-part special on Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Vogue has written an article highlighting the new challenges of using zoom for individuals with BDD. “We’re hearing that [patients are] becoming fixated on worrying about their own appearance during the call, getting stuck fixing their appearance for the call by changing their makeup, lighting, or camera angle, and getting distracted during the call by comparing their appearance to others,”

To read the full article follow this link

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This Full Mind Podcast

A two-part special on Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Laura, the host of ‘This Full Mind’ says: “I am so honoured to have been able to have this conversation with Dr Nicole Schnackenberg, a psychologist, psychotherapist and part of the team at the @bddfoundation.

Since getting diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) a few months ago, it’s felt like a huge weight has been lifted off me. After two decades of feeling alone with my obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours I have a team of people supporting me and have been equipped with language and tools to explain my experience to the people I love (who have been so supportive). Talking to Nicole was such a dream because I felt so seen and understood, and normal! I really recommend this episode for anyone struggling with self image acceptance or supporting someone going through something similar. Huge thank you to Nicole and the @bddfoundation for their support and the important work they are doing! Available now on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and all good podcast apps. Looking to support me and the podcast? Please rate and review on Apple Podcasts ♥️

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The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. Charity no. 1153753.