View PDF version here . Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is the name given to a recognised condition that causes a person to become deeply preoccupied with a perceived fault in their appearance, which pulls them into a cycle of distressing obsessions and compulsions around the way they look. BDD is... Compulsions Compulsions are purposeful actions that a person with BDD uses to get some relief from the anxiety and shame. These can be avoidance behaviours, in order to prevent these feelings being triggered, or checking and camouflaging compulsions. Taking part in compulsions is a reaction to the unbearable feelings brought... Causes There has been limited research into BDD and its causes. Like many mental health conditions, it seems to be a mix of genetic tendency, psychological factors, and experiences. BDD most commonly begins in late adolescence, often with milder symptoms in the years before, but can be experienced at any... Severity and impact BDD is a condition that varies from person to person, not only around themes and compulsions but also in levels of severity, constancy, and awareness. While the impact of BDD ranges from mild to very severe, each person’s distress is real. Everyone experiences obsessions and compulsions on... Read more
  Note: This page has been made into new pages that are easier to follow along and have a little more information. If you would like to view those instead, you can find links on the left side of this page. . Specialist treatment services are available for individuals who... . How to secure funding Each local area has a designated Health Board that makes decisions about what services to fund. In England this is called the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). When someone needs an assessment or treatment from a service outside their local area, the Health Board must approve... NHS England and NHS Scotland have other funding pathways available for different situations, and which can be much easier to secure than with a traditional National Specialist funding request. Putting together a strong funding request No matter what pathway you chooses to use, a referral will be sent out to the service by a medical professional, outlining why they believe specialist treatment is necessary. If the specialist service agrees and the funding is in place, they will see you... After specialist treatment Once the specialist treatment has been completed, you would usually be discharged back to your local services for monitoring of recovery. If you used Patient Choice to access the specialist treatment, your GP will need to refer you to the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) for this.... Read more
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Information for health professionals about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) in children, adolescents and adults. GP Information Card(Download) ocdbdd_gp_card Read more
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