Online Support Groups

Support groups provide a safe environment where you can talk openly about your BDD, as well as giving support and encouragement to others.

Support groups can play an important role during and after treatment in helping you recover from and manage your BDD and often they also include family members too.

You can access our online support groups from anywhere in the world. We hope the online groups will help build a supportive BDD Community that anyone can become a part of. Please note the time zones of the different groups.

All the support groups the we advertise here are independent of the BDD Foundation.

1.) Zoom BDD Support Group (UK based but open to all)

Type: User led. The group will provide an opportunity to meet other people with BDD, share experiences and concerns about the illness and provide mutual support.

When: 2nd & 4th Monday of every Month. 6.30-8pm GMT.

Upcoming Dates 2024: January 8th & 22nd, February 12th & 26th, March 11th & 25th, April 8th & 22nd, May 13th & 27th, June 10th & 24th, July 8th & 22nd, August 12th & 26th, September 9th & 23rd, October 14th & 28th, November 11th & 25th, December 9th & 23rd.

Where: On Zoom (camera use optional)

Contact: support@bddfoundation.org to register


2.) Zoom Evening BDD Support Groups run by OCD Action

Type: This Zoom group is run by OCD Actions ‘Always Better Together project’ and uses Zoom meetings with video. We send the meeting details out and there are no costs with joining a session or fees to attend. The group is an informal and supportive environment to share experiences of having BDD and to offer encouragement to others. The group also has a closed Facebook group of which participants are offered access to if they wish.

When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays and Wednesdays of every Month, 7pm

Where: Zoom (camera use optional)

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


3.) Zoom/ Phone OCD, BDD & Depression Support Group run by OCD Action

Type: This Zoom group is run by OCD Actions ‘Always Better Together project’ and uses Zoom meetings with video. We send the meeting details out and there are no costs with joining a session or fees to attend. The group is an informal and supportive environment to share experiences of having BDD and to offer encouragement to others. The group also has a closed Facebook group of which participants are offered access to if they wish.

When: 1st Monday of the month on zoom, & 3rd Tuesday of the month via phone, 7pm

Where: Zoom/ phone

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


4.) Phone Parents BDD Support Group run by OCD Action (landline or mobile)

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’. The group is an informal and supportive environment to share experiences of having a child with BDD and to offer encouragement to others. The group also has a closed Facebook group of which participants are offered access to if they wish.

When: 3rd Monday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Phone

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


5.) Zoom Parents BDD Support Group run by OCD Action

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and uses Zoom (camera use optional). It is free to attend. The group is an informal and supportive environment to share experiences of having a child with BDD and to offer encouragement to others. The group also has a closed Facebook group of which participants are offered access to if they wish.

When: 1st Tuesday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Zoom (camera use optional)

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


6.) Zoom Student Group, OCD, BDD & Related Disorders run by OCD Action

The student group package includes two monthly support group sessions, a quarterly Navigating Services session and a quarterly Speaker Session.

When: First Tuesday and third Wednesday, 7pm

Where: Zoom (camera use optional)

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


7.) Zoom/ Phone Partners of people with OCD/BDD run by OCD Action

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and and uses Zoom and Phone to run the sessions. There are two sessions a month which alternate between Zoom and phone. For the phone group, there are no phone costs to joining a session or fees to attend. The group is an informal and supportive environment for family members of a person with OCD, BDD & Hoarding issues to share experiences and to offer encouragement to others. The group also has a closed Facebook group of which participants are offered access to if they wish.

When: 2nd & 4th Thursday of every month, 7 – 9pm

Where: Two sessions a month which alternate between Zoom (video use optional) and Phone

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


8.) GoogleMeet BFRB UK & Ireland peer-support Group

Type: BFRB UK & Ireland runs peer-led support groups for people living with body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRBs) such as trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder), dermatillomania (skin picking disorder) and related disorders. They also run a group for family, carers, and friends of people living BFRBs. 

When: Fortnightly on Sundays from 2-3.30pm for people with BFRBs, Monthly on Wednesdays from 8-9pm for loved ones of those with BFRBs. These times are subject to change, please check our website for up-to-date details.

Where: GoogleMeet

Contact: hello@bfrbukandireland.com or go to bfrbukireland.com


9.) Zoom/ Phone Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania Support Group run by OCD Action 

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and and uses Zoom and Phone to run the sessions. There are two sessions a month which alternate between Zoom and phone. For the phone group, there are no phone costs to joining a session or fees to attend. The group is an informal and supportive environment to share experiences of Trichotillomania (hair pulling) and Dermatillomania (skin picking) issues and to offer encouragement to others. The group also has a closed Facebook group of which participants are offered access to if they wish.

When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every Month, 7 – 9pm

Where: Two sessions a month which alternate between Zoom (video use optional) and Phone

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


10.) Zoom/ Phone Youth Support Group for OCD, BDD, Trich & Derm run by OCD Action (ages 16 – 20)

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and and uses Zoom and Phone to run the sessions. There are two sessions a month which alternate between Zoom and phone. For the phone group, there are no phone costs to joining a session or fees to attend. The group is an informal and supportive environment to share experiences and to offer encouragement to others. The group also has a closed Facebook group of which participants are offered access to if they wish.

When: 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month, 7 – 9pm

Where: Two sessions a month which alternate between Zoom (video use optional) and Phone

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


11.) Zoom OCD & BDD & Eating disorders group run by OCD Action

Type: This group is run by OCD Actions ‘Always Better Together project’. The group is an informal and supportive environment for people to share experiences of having eating disorders, OCD and BDD and to offer encouragement to other people.

When: 4th Monday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Zoom (camera use optional)

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


12.) Zoom LGBTQ OCD & BDD support group run by OCD Action

Type: The group is an informal and supportive environment for people who identify as LGBTQ+ to share experiences of OCD & BDD and to offer encouragement to others. This Zoom group is run by OCD Actions ‘Always Better Together project’. The group also has a closed Facebook group of which participants are offered access to if they wish.

When: 1st Tuesday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Zoom

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


13.) Zoom/ Phone Men’s OCD & BDD support group run by OCD Action

Type: The group is an informal and supportive environment for men to share experiences of OCD & BDD and to offer encouragement to others. This Zoom / phone group is run by OCD Actions ‘Always Better Together project’. The group also has a closed Facebook group of which participants are offered access to if they wish.

When: 2nd Tuesday of the month via phone, 4th Tuesday of the month on zoom

Where: Zoom/ Phone

Contact: sign-up@ebtsupportgroups.co.uk or 0303 040 1112


14.) GoogleMeet BDD New Mindset support group

Type: The group is a friendly and informal non-judgemental safe space to talk openly, facilitated by a peer support specialist, who has lived experience of BDD. This group does not offer professional guidance, but is an opportunity to share experiences and concerns, to foster a supportive community, and provide information sharing and mutual support to feel understood and encouraged in coping with, recovering from, and management of appearance dissatisfaction and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). The group is UK based but open to all. For adults age 18 and over.

When: Weekly, Tuesdays 6pm – 7pm GMT

Where: GoogleMeet (camera use optional). The group also offers and in person support group in Cheshire, United Kingdom, on the first Saturday of each month, contact Jem for more information.

Contact:  jem@jemgunn.com


15.) Body Dysmorphic Anonymous (BDA) (USA based but open to all)

Type: User led. We are a 12 step group that support each other to recover from the cruel disorder of Body Dysmorphia. Our support group can be helpful in finding life beyond the confining, painful grip of BDD. We share our experience, strength and hope in recovery. Our voices are powerful, as we uniquely understand the experience of BDD. This group does not offer professional guidance but is an opportunity to share ideas and provide mutual support. The group is open to those afflicted and or caring/supportive others.

When: Wednesdays at 6pm & Sundays at 10am (PST)

Where: Zoom (camera use optional)

Contact: Lon lss602014@icloud.com


16.) Skype BDD Recovery Support Group (USA)

Type: Skype peer support group for people suffering from BDD symptoms. The focus is on sharing personal experiences and getting/providing support to others who coping with and recovering from BDD. Participants can join via audio and video or just audio.

When: Second & Fourth Thursday of each month, 7pm MT or 9pm ET (US)

Where: Skype

Contact: Eva eva@recoveryfrombdd.com


17.) Skype Support Group for therapists with BDD and/or OCD (USA)

Type: Skype BDD/OCD support group for therapists and clinicians with BDD and/or OCD symptoms. The group’s purpose is for treatment professionals to share their personal experiences and receive/provide peer support. The group participants and conversations are confidential. The group is led by a peer support specialist who has recovered from BDD and by a therapist with BDD and OCD.

When: Third Thursday of each month, 9pm ET/ 7pm MT (US)

Where: Skype

Contact: Eva eva@recoveryfrombdd.com


18.) Skype BDD Support Group for Parents and Partners (USA) 

Type: Skype BDD support group for parents, partners, and family members of people with body dysmorphic disorder. The group’s purpose is for caregivers of people with BDD to share their personal experiences and receive/provide support. The group is led by a peer support specialist who has recovered from BDD. 

When: Second Wednesday of each month, 9pm ET/ 7pm MT (US) 

Where: Skype 

Contact: Eva eva@recoveryfrombdd.com 

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