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: Temporarily suspended. Will return Summer 2021

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. 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 Monday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Skype, Landline or Mobile (audio only)

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


7. 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 Monday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Zoom (camera use optional)

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


8. Skype Family Members of those with OCD and 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 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: 1st Tuesday & 3rd Friday of every Month, 7pm

Where: Skype, Landline or Mobile (audio only)

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


9. Skype Trichotillomania & Dermatillomania 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 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


10. 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


11. 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


12. 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, every month at 8pm, please email for more information

Where: Zoom (camera use optional)

Contact: Nicole nicole.schnackenberg@gmail.com


13. Skype BDD Support Group (USA)

Type: A monthly peer-led support group that provides people the opportunity to talk to other people with BDD, share experiences, and concerns about the illness and provide mutual support. You can use audio or video, depending on your preference.

When: First and Third Friday of each month, 9pm (Eastern Standard Time)

Where: Skype (camera use optional)

Contact: John jmornings711@yahoo.com


14. 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


15. Skype OCD & BDD & Relationships group run by OCD Action

Type: The group is an informal and supportive environment for people to share experiences of having issues with OCD, BDD and relationships and to offer encouragement to other people. 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.

When: 3rd Wednesday 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. Zoom BDD & Body Image Support Group (USA)

Type: User led. Welcoming BDD sufferers who’ve struggled with this cruel disorder & caring supportive others. Our BDD support group can be helpful in finding life “beyond” the confining, painful grip of BDD!! We share our “collective” perspectives which are deemed invaluable, 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 and Sundays, 9am (PST)

Where: Zoom

Contact: Lon lss602014@icloud.com


18. Skype BDD Recovery Support Group (USA)

Type: Skype peer-support group focused on coping with and recovering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder. The group will be a peer-support group focused on coping with and recovering from the disorder.

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

Where: Skype

Contact: Eva eva@recoveryfrombdd.com

The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. Charity no. 1153753.