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 2022: 7th November, 21st November, 12th December.

Upcoming dates 2023: 9th & 23rd January, 13th & 27th February, 13th & 27th March, 10th & 24th April, 8th & 22nd May, 12th & 26th June, 10th & 24th July, 14th & 28th August, 11th & 25th September, 9th & 23rd October, 13th & 27th November, 11th December.

Where: On Zoom (camera use optional)

Contact: support@bddfoundation.org to register


2. Skype Daytime BDD Support Group with OCD Action (Skype, landline or mobile)

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and uses Skype (audio only) although participants can choose to join via landline or mobile instead. As we send the call out – there are no phone 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 Wednesday of every Month, 11am

Where: Skype/Landline/Mobile (audio only)

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


3. Zoom Day BDD Support Group run by OCD Action

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and uses Zoom (video use optional). As we send the call out – 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: 3rd Wednesday of every Month, 11am

Where: Zoom

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


4. Skype Evening BDD Support Group run by OCD Action (Skype, landline or mobile)

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and uses Skype (audio only) although participants can choose to join via landline or mobile instead. As we send the call out – there are no phone 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 Wednesday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Skype/Landline/Mobile (audio only)

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


5. Zoom Evening BDD 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. The group is for any members of the BDD Evening Skype/Phone Support Group who wish to use video instead. 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 Wednesday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Zoom (camera use optional)

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


6. Still the Hunger – Professionally Led Zoom Support Group with an EMDR focus

Type: This support group has a specific EMDR focus to it. That means there will always be an EMDR based exercise to try that you will be able to take away and apply for yourself on a day to day basis to help with managing anxiety and BDD symptoms. You will be able to find out more about EMDR, along with being able to ask any other questions about other options so you can make an informed choice if you’re at the start of your recovery journey.  This group can provide a safe space to provide support whilst on that journey, and beyond. This group is open to anybody affected by BDD, including partners, parents, and other family members supporting a loved one with BDD. Open to all ages, but for those under the age of 16 we ask that you come accompanied by an adult.

When: 2nd Saturday of every Month, 3.30 – 5pm

Where: Zoom

Contact: If you would like to join this group please email beverley@stillthehunger.co.uk

Website: www.stillthehunger.co.uk


7. Skype Parents BDD Support Group run by OCD Action (Skype, landline or mobile)

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and uses Skype (audio only) although participants can choose to join via landline or mobile instead. As we send the call out – there are no phone costs with joining a session or fees 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: 3rd Tuesday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Skype, Landline or Mobile (audio only)

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


8. 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


9. 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


10. Partners of people with OCD/BDD run by OCD Action

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and uses Skype (audio only) although participants can choose to join via landline or mobile instead. As we send the call out – there are no phone costs with 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: Second and fourth Thursday, 7pm

Where: Skype, Landline or Mobile (audio only)

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


11. Skype Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania Support Group run by OCD Action 

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and uses Skype (audio only) although participants can choose to join via landline or mobile instead. As we send the call out – there are no phone costs with 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: 3rd Wednesday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Skype, Landline or Mobile (audio only)

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


12. Zoom Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania Support Group run by OCD Action

Type: This online group is run by OCD Actions ‘Even Better Together project’ and Zoom. As we send the call out – there are no costs with 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 Wednesday of every month, 7pm

Where: Zoom (video use optional)

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


13. Skype 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 uses Skype (audio only) although participants can choose to join via landline or mobile instead. As we send the call out – there are no phone costs with 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 and 3rd Thursdays of every month, 7pm

Where: Skype, Landline or Mobile (audio only)

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


14. Zoom Mindfulness Group for BDD

Type: A monthly support group, exploring mindfulness-based approaches to body dysmorphic disorder, takes place online on various days each month (to allow as many people to access the group as possible) at 8pm. The group is co-facilitated by Nicole Schnackenberg, a trustee of the BDD Foundation. You can opt to use sound only (no use of video is required to participate in the group).

When: Various days and times, every month, please email for more information

Where: Zoom (camera use optional)

Contact: Nicole nicole.schnackenberg@gmail.com


15. Skype OCD & BDD & Eating disorders group run by OCD Action

Type: This Skype/Phone group is run by OCD Actions ‘Always Better Together project’ and uses Skype (audio only) although participants can choose to join via landline or mobile instead. As we send the call out – there are no phone costs with joining a session or fees to attend. 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: Skype, Landline or Mobile (audio only)

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


16. Skype 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 Skype/Phone group is run by OCD Actions ‘Always Better Together project’ and uses Skype (audio only) although participants can choose to join via landline or mobile instead. As we send the call out – there are no phone costs with joining a session or fees to attend. 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: Skype, Landline or Mobile (Audio only)

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


17. 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 12pm (PST)

Where: Zoom (camera use optional)

Contact: Lon lss602014@icloud.com


18. 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


19. Skype Support Group for therapists with BDD (USA)

Type: Skype BDD support group for therapists and clinicians with BDD and who have recovered from BDD. The group’s purpose is for treatment professionals to share their personal experiences with BDD and receive/provide peer support. The group participants and conversations are confidential. The group is led by a peer support specialist who also facilitates the Recovery from BDD group for individuals struggling with BDD symptoms. 

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

Where: Skype

Contact: Eva eva@recoveryfrombdd.com


The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. Charity no. 1153753.