Founded in 2006 by a small UK based group suffering with Body Dysmorphic Disorder and later continued by trustees when the original founders were unable to continue.
BDD effects a small percentage of the population, whilst most of us are concerned with some aspect of our appearance BDD sufferers endure an hour or more each day of significant distress, impacting on their ability to engage with all areas of life. Sadly, it is much more common in younger people and teenagers, a time when they are more sensitive about their appearance. The website provides a wealth of information for those who are overwhelmed by checking their appearance in a mirror or reflective surface, checking by feeling their skin with their fingers, cutting or combing their hair, picking their skin to make it smooth, comparing themselves against models in magazines or people in the street, discuss their appearance with others or camouflaging their appearance. This condition can be devastating and may cause a serious suicide risk. Although more common in the young, there are more similarities than differences between men and women. However men may be more concerned with muscle mass, genitals, thinning hair and women with skin, weight, body shape and excessive body hair.