Bespoke Body Dysmorphia Assessment and Treatment

How it works

Body dysmorphia can have a huge impact on your life, making you feel unhappy, distracted, anxious and depressed. But it is treatable, using our three-step process.

Get the right diagnosis and a holistic body dysmorphia treatment plan tailored to you.

Receive behavioural therapy or counselling to help you deal with the symptoms of body dysmorphia. We can also prescribe medication before therapy to help alleviate symptoms.

Enjoy improved confidence, relationships, social life, and career trajectory while feeling happy and confident in your skin.

We don’t just work with you to treat the symptoms; our holistic approach means you’ll have all the tools and techniques you need to successfully manage your body dysmorphia.

What is body dysmorphia?

Body dysmorphia is a challenging and often misunderstood condition. Discover more about the way it impacts the lives and minds of those who suffer with it.

What are the symptoms of body dysmorphia?

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) presents in different ways, and the symptoms you experience may vary. Here, we cover the most common BDD symptoms.

Not sure if you have BDD?

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of BDD, we can diagnose the condition and support you as you take the first steps towards treatment.

How is BDD treated?

BDD can be treated with a bespoke combination of psychiatric therapy and medication. At Psymplicity, we adopt a holistic approach that puts your wellbeing first. We’ll develop a tailored plan that takes your circumstances, medical history and any underlying conditions into account, prescribing treatment that helps you live a balanced life, not disrupts you further.

Meet our BDD specialists

Our BDD specialists have decades of combined experience in diagnosing and treating body dysmorphic disorder and have practised in leading institutions in the UK and beyond. Experts in their field, they are dedicated to keeping up to date with all the latest developments in psychiatry to deliver the best care for you — because we know that the right treatment combination can be truly transformative.

What is body dysmorphic disorder?

Although we live in an era where body positivity is celebrated and individuals are embraced regardless of how they look, we continue to be bombarded with airbrushed images online and in the media presenting us with the “ideal” look. These so-called standards of “perfection” are unrealistic and unattainable, but they’re also very damaging, causing low self-esteem and anxiety that can develop into a serious condition. When an individual becomes hyper-focused on a particular aspect of their appearance, from their weight or face shape to an off-white, crooked tooth, they are at risk of developing body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

Body dysmorphia isn’t driven by vanity; it’s actually quite the opposite. Those with BDD suffer from low self-esteem and anxiety and feel compelled to change their physical appearance to disguise or erase what they consider to be a defective body part. Common examples include a large nose, wonky teeth or being overweight, but BDD can also cause individuals to perceive a flaw where there isn’t one. Those with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia might also develop BDD, for example, and may see a completely different image in the mirror to others. While others may see someone with BDD as underweight — maybe even severely so — someone with the condition may think they’re overweight or obsess over fat that isn’t truly there, which perpetuates the cycle and leads to further disordered eating.

Some with BDD may even pay for cosmetic surgery, but this rarely resolves the issue, and because the individual hasn’t treated BDD at its core, they may start worrying about another body part. BDD often goes unnoticed because the individual is secretive about revealing their “defect” to others. While it often accompanies other issues such as an eating disorder, it can also be linked to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), where the individual devises rituals to cover up their perceived flaw. At Psymplicity, we can help you understand the origin of your symptoms and deal with their effects in a healthy way.

BDD can cause significant damage and impact your ability to enjoy life. Your appearance can dominate every waking thought, and constant worry can hinder your relationships and career trajectory. You might also go out of your way to avoid social situations, leading to depressive states.

What are the symptoms of body dysmorphia?

While body dysmorphia is most common in teenagers and young adults, it can also affect children and adults later in life. As your body changes or you begin to consider an aspect of your appearance to be a “defect”, you may begin to feel and behave differently as a result of the condition. 

Do you:

These are just some of the most frequently experienced symptoms of body dysmorphia that we see in the clinic. In addition to the above, you might also feel depressed due to low self-esteem, adopt extreme diets and fitness regimes or consider drastic measures (such as cosmetic surgery) to “fix” a certain aspect of your appearance.

People who suffer from body dysmorphia can often be misconstrued as vain or obsessive, but the reality is that it’s a challenging and serious condition that can impact virtually every aspect of a person’s life.

At Psymplicity Healthcare, we understand, and we’re here to help. Following a thorough assessment of your symptoms, we can develop a clear understanding of the way you feel, how the condition impacts your life and if the issue has stemmed from an existing condition or caused additional physical or mental health issues. We’re not only here to listen and understand; we’re here to help.

Do you have body dysmorphia?

At times, we all feel a little self-conscious about our appearance, and we may wish we could change certain parts of our bodies. For the majority of people, this is a natural human emotion. But for people who suffer from BDD, these feelings are more intense and can lead to severe anxiety and a deep-rooted sense of self-loathing. 

BDD is only diagnosed when the symptoms have been consistent and regularly disrupt your life. While it may be difficult for some people to believe that this condition can have such a severe impact, such intense self-loathing and anxiety can prevent people from seeing friends and family and make them neglect important aspects of daily life, including their relationships, career and academic achievements.

As with many other conditions, the faster you seek body dysmorphia treatment, the better. With the help of our expert psychologists, you will develop a deeper understanding of the condition and why it makes you see something in yourself that others don’t. Our bespoke treatment plans combine therapy and, in some cases, medication to help you banish feelings of anxiety and self-loathing. Body dysmorphic disorder is a condition that is difficult for yourself and others to understand fully, but we get it, and we’re here to help. 

The Psymplicity approach to treating body dysmorphic disorder

At Psymplicity, we provide an integrated approach to body dysmorphia treatment. Your tailored treatment plan may involve advanced treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychiatric therapy and, in some cases, medication.

Body dysmorphia treatment shouldn’t be yet another distraction or cause of stress, which is why we aim to treat every patient in a way that works with your life, not disrupts it further. Our expert team of psychiatrists will study every aspect of your case to formulate a suitable treatment plan. Key to this is understanding the impact the condition has on your life while considering your medical history and any underlying mental and physical health issues, which eliminates these as potential causes of symptoms and allows us to deliver an accurate diagnosis and the best course of treatment. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the “Third Wave” of cognitive behavioural therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Focused Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Compassion-Focussed Therapy are highly effective at treating body dysmorphia. These treatments help those with BDD to manage their condition by challenging negative beliefs and exploring ways to bring about positive behavioural changes.

Psychiatric treatment: Psychiatric treatment may be necessary if BDD is more severe or accompanied by anxiety, obsessive behaviours, or depression. Our consultant psychiatrist may also prescribe medication to alleviate the symptoms before prescribing therapy.

Your body dysmorphia treatment plan

Following our in-depth assessment and subsequent body dysmorphic disorder diagnosis, you’ll benefit from a personalised and balanced treatment approach that prioritises helping you understand and manage your symptoms while reducing the impact of the condition on your life.

Step One

To ensure a perfectly tailored treatment plan, we begin with a professional body dysmorphia diagnosis and produce a personalised assessment report, which you’re welcome to share with your GP. 

Step Two

Our experts will evaluate your needs and create a bespoke body dysmorphia treatment plan that suits you. We have a deep-rooted understanding of the specific benefits of each method of therapy as well as the commonly prescribed medication, which we’ll talk you through during your appointment. 

Step Three

Body dysmorphic disorder patients need continued care and support, which is why we recommend follow-up appointments to review progress, discuss any concerns and adjust medication doses to help you on your path to recovery.

Meet our specialists in body dysmorphic disorder diagnosis and treatment


Our BDD specialists are among the best in their field, having successfully treated the symptoms of body dysmorphia and related conditions for decades. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and that to provide the transformation so many of our clients enjoy requires a bespoke, holistic plan — one we’re confident you won’t find anywhere else.


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