The purpose of this study is to survey everyday thinking skills in people with body dysmorphic symptoms.
The Centre for Mental Health and Brain Sciences at Swinburne University is conducting an important survey for those with symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder, regarding their everyday thinking experiences. They are keen to hear about individuals’ with BDD everyday experience of thinking skills such as memory, attention, decision-making and planning, and would really appreciate you taking this survey. It could be used to help design new cognitive treatments for BDD.
Participation is online, open to any adults who may have symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder and English-language proficiency and will take between 15 to 25 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary. Click on the link below to participate.
Individuals with BDD share their stories and experiences.
Big thank you to these brave individuals who recently contributed to the LAD Bible Roundtable, sharing their personal stories of BDD. Your courage to use your voices contribute to breaking down stigma around BDD and improving understanding.
The varied perspectives and stories from this discussion are an important reminder that everyone’s BDD journey and recovery will look completely different, and that’s ok.
The discussion covers some really interesting topics, including symptoms, diagnoses, treatment, gender differences, cosmetic surgery, faith, community, rock bottom and turning points in recovery.
This year, we are hosting our celebrating the 10th anniversary of the BDD Foundation & new horizons.
We will be taking the opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and recent achievements, whilst also looking ahead to advance the future of the charity.
Our conferences are an opportunity to bring together our wonderful BDD community in a supportive, inspiring and informative space. Individuals with BDD, their loved ones, as well as mental health professionals and students come together to learn about the condition, innovative approaches to treatment and hear inspiring stories from those in recovery.
There will be countless opportunities to hear from experts, and learn about varied perspectives in the development and treatment of BDD. The conference is also a space for those living with BDD to find comfort in shared experience, know they are not alone and meet other people in the BDD community. This year, we are introducing a community and support room where those with BDD can connect with others and speak with volunteers about ways to access support through their journey of recovery.
We have some really exciting speakers and topics lined up, to include:
Professor Paul Gilbert OBE – ‘Compassion as a Transformative approach’.
Dr Sabine Wilhelm – ‘The Past, Present, and Future of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)’
Dr Jamie Feusner – ‘Visual Processing and Disorted Perception of Appearance in BDD’
Professor Roz Shafran – ‘The Relationship between BDD and Perfectionism: Strategies for Change’
Professor David Veale and Dr Rob Willson – ‘Unfair to Compare’
Also Joining us on the day is Alex Light who is hosting a panel discussion on BDD & Fashion:
CHECK OUT our schedule for the Research Summit and Breakout Sessions!
At this year’s conference, we are introducing a Support & Community Room, designed specifically for those who need a listening ear, are seeking community or just need some quiet time.
It will be a softly-lit, cosy and inclusive space for anyone who needs it. Our compassionate and understanding volunteers will welcome you into the space, where you can choose to take some time out, browse the BDD related artwork, sip on a cuppa, or have a chat with someone who truly understands the struggles of living with BDD. In addition to the artwork created by our wonderful community, there will also be a creative corner with resources to create something of your own or calm the mind.
We know how tough it can be for some individuals to attend the Conference and face so many people, so we hope this space provides some comfort and calm. It’s there for anyone who wants or needs to use it
General admission: £25
Student admission: £15
Mental health professional: £40 (CPD Certificates will be emailed to professional ticket holders after the event).
Solidarity rate: for those who would otherwise be unable to attend for financial reasons or other barriers. We have a small number of bursary tickets available on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
To avoid disappointment please consider purchasing your ticket to the physical conference early. In previous years we have sold out in advance.
No matter where you live you can now attend the conference via the internet with the option to attend via Webinar/Livestream for a reduced ticket price.
To reach as many people as possible, we will be filming the speakers on stage. Please be assured that the camera will be solely focused on the speakers and that all filming will be sensitively and discretely carried out. There will not be any recorded footage of attendees. If you have any concerns about this, please do not hesitate to approach one of our volunteers on the day.
All halls and rooms at 20 Bedford Way are accessible and a managed evacuation process is available from areas on levels 1 and 3 of the building for persons with mobility impairment. Logan Hall is situated on Level 1.
In previous years, we have gathered feedback from attendees, with many reflecting on the day as one which offers hope and connection. We aim for the day to be inspiring and informative to as many people as possible and hope this year’s event is of benefit to all. If there is anything we can do to support your attendance, or for any questions relating to the 2023 Conference, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you in November for another successful event. It is a day not to be missed!
What impact has the BDD Foundation had on your life? We want to hear from you!
We are currently evaluating our services and working on our impact report, and we want to hear from you. We hope you will share your experiences of engaging with the BDD Foundation and the impact any of our services and our wider work has had on your life, or the lives of others.
We welcome responses from our entire community. This includes anyone with experience of BDD, including lived experience, providing support to someone experiencing BDD, carers, families, partners, friends, professionals and students.
If you prefer to send your thoughts through a different format or with a creative piece attached, please email email@example.com
Thank you for your input. As well as allowing us to measure our impact, your responses will contribute to the continued growth of the charity and allow us to stay user-led, and to identify our strengths, areas for development and most crucial services.
We are so encouraged to see the recent reports on BDD & Muscle Dysmorphia on the BBC.
The feature on BDD shared the story of a BDD survivor and spoke with our trustee Dr Amita Jassi to understand more about the prevalence of BDD, how it might present, and the crucial need for further research and training on the condition in a clinical setting.
BBC News also highlighted Muscle Dysmorphia by speaking with our Chairman Dr Rob Willson and sufferer George Mycock. They discussed the severity of the condition, symptoms, and encourages those affected to access support. Muscle Dysmorphia is a serious, debilitating but treatable condition, with many of those suffering still not accessing the help and support they need.
Come and join us! We are looking for new volunteers to facilitate on our BDD Support Groups. This is a really rewarding role, with the opportunity to work alongside experienced facilitators, support individuals recovering from BDD and develop your facilitation skills.
Our support groups play an important role, alongside treatment, in recovering from and managing BDD. They provide a safe environment where people can talk openly about their BDD, as well as giving support and encouragement to others. Many attendees find comfort in shared experience, knowing they are not alone, and hearing stories from individuals at different stages of their recovery. More information can be found here.
The role of Facilitator
For this role, it’s important to have a good understanding of BDD and the impact it has. We look for individuals with strong listening skills, an ability to make others feel welcome and comfortable, and empathy for others. We encourage applications from those with lived experience of BDD since these groups are peer led – an approach we have found to be particularly effective in supporting those experiencing BDD.
Training and induction will be provided. We require a minimum commitment of 1.5-3 hours per month.
What do our current volunteers say?
“I found facilitating groups incredibly meaningful. Having suffered with BDD for most of my life and finding myself in a stable place of recovery, it felt really rewarding to support those who were at different stages of their journey with empathy and understanding.”
“I am confident that I learn as much from attendees as they do from me. Their honesty, insights, openness and support to one another is like nothing else, and I have had moments that bring up a lot of emotion because their experience resonates with me so much. I feel genuinely humbled and honoured to be a part of their BDD journey. It’s challenging at times, but incredibly rewarding.”
How to Apply
Download the Application Form below, and send completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a person of colour with lived experience of OCD or a related condition, or a relative of theirs, we would hugely appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete OCD Action’s survey.
OCD Action have a vision of a time where OCD and related conditions (such as BDD) are well understood, and everybody can access the treatment they need, when they need it. However, they recognise that achieving this vision is impossible without addressing the significant barriers, prejudice, and discrimination that global ethnic majority groups frequently face within mental health settings in the UK. OCD Action have shared with us their deep concerned at the clear evidence that people of colour are underserved by OCD services, and their determination to see this change.
OCD Action has recently established a co-production panel, who are collectively working to ensure OCD Action provide the best support possible for people who face intersectional disadvantage, in particular people of colour living with OCD and related conditions (such as BDD). The panel is made up of volunteers from Black and Asian backgrounds who have lived experience of OCD, as well as OCD Action staff members across all areas of the organisation.
To help improve OCD Action services and understand barriers to wider NHS services OCD Action and their co-production panel have created a short survey to gather the opinions and experiences of people of colour living with OCD and related conditions (such as BDD) regarding their experiences with mental health services.
If you are a person of colour with lived experience of OCD or a related condition (such as BDD), or a relative of theirs, we would hugely appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete OCD Action’s survey.
Your voice, lived experience and ideas are so important in ensuring change is realised, and that in the future, everyone gets the treatment they need, when they need it. The findings from this survey will also contribute to improving BDDF services and understanding where we can better serve those facing intersectional disadvantage.
NOTE from OCD Action: We acknowledge that the terms ‘people of colour’/’POC’ and ‘Global Ethnic Majority Groups’ are far from perfect terms as they group together of people who have a wide variety of very different experiences. We know that this needs to be broken down so we can understand the experiences, challenges and barriers each group experiences and we aim to do this over the life course of this work. Our co-production panel thought carefully about language and could not identify an inclusive term that better reflected the diversity of our lived experiences. If you have views on our use of language, please do share this as part of our survey or email us at email@example.com. Thank you.
The purpose of this visual processing study is to help understand how individuals with BDD perceive themselves and how to best address their differences in visual processing.
Researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Toronto are looking for participants between the ages of 18 to 40 years who answered yes to any of the questions displayed on the poster, in addition to controls. Participants will be compensated for their time.
All participants must reside near and be able to travel to Toronto, Canada. The purpose of this visual processing study is to help us understand how individuals with BDD perceive themselves and how to best address their differences in visual processing.
If you fit these criteria and would like to participate in our study, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brain, Body, and Perception laboratory’s clinical neuroscience research seeks to understand the brain basis of perception, emotion, and reward across conditions involving body image as well as obsessions and compulsions. Additionally, they study gender identity, own body perception, and the effects of hormone treatments in individuals with gender dysphoria in the interest of improving health outcomes of gender-affirming treatments.
If you would like to learn more about the Brain, Body, and Perception laboratory and their research, visit: https://bbp.lab.utoronto.ca/ You can also learn more about the laboratory on Instagram (@bbplab) or Twitter (@BDD_anorexia).
A walk from Machynlleth to Montgomery, in memory of Morgan-Rose
At the end of June, the wonderful Michelle is embarking on a 46 mile walk to raise crucial funds for the BDD Foundation.
She will be completing Rotary Across Wales, walking across all of Wales in a day, from Machynlleth to Montgomery, in memory of her daughter Morgan-Rose.
The walk follows a mix of public rights of way, Glyndwr’s Way National Trail, country lanes and the meandering Montgomery Canal. Along the way passing through characterful communities and the settlements of Staylittle, Trefeglwys, Caersws, Newtown and Abermule.
It’s an admirable challenge and we are extremely grateful to Michelle for her fundraising efforts to the BDD Foundation.