Body Dysmorphic Disorder

A Boy's Need For Massiveness - Adolescent Bigorexia

Ashvin Kuri | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ashvin Kuri

So why has this obsession with 'gyming' grown? In my opinion, contrary to the common belief that it stems from trying to emulate the physique of aspirational celebrities, it more often begins with the simple need to fit in with one's peers.

When I Was Young It Was Impossible For Men To Discuss Eating Disorders - I'm So Glad Things Are Changing

Mike Scott | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Mike Scott

bmm banner.jpg I do remember at the time that anorexia and bulimia were well covered, almost clichéd topics in the press. But always, always, the concern was for women. Boys just didn't have these problems. My parents never noticed; they haven't since. I don't expect they ever will.

Making Myself Vulnerable on Stage Isn't Easy - But It Has the Potential to Be a Positive Power for Others

Juliette Burton | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Comedy
Juliette Burton

Worldwide, one in four of us may be diagnosed with mental health conditions but that doesn't account for how many people are undiagnosed. It doesn't account for how many people feel alone and isolated because of difficulties they're grappling with and they feel like they are the only ones. They're not. None of us need be alone if we are honest and comedy is the most honest art form we have - comedy is the truth wrapped in a lie.

Seeing My Eating Disorder In The Mirror

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Louise Pudge

The potential for psychological fall-out after experiencing sudden alterations in physical appearance are well documented in the cases of burns victims, amputees, and even people undergoing drastic weight loss surgery. The reactions of people with eating disorders are rarely legitimised in the same way because their self-image was apparently already broken prior to this new alteration.

It's Okay If Others Don't Understand Your Mental Illness

Lauren Evans | Posted 07.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Evans

There's a lot of stigma against mental illness, which only makes living with mental illness even more difficult. It brings feelings of shame, embarrassment and guilt about how your mental health is controlling your life and yet everybody else in your world seems to be taking the reigns of their own lives just fine.

Men Under Pressure To Look Perfect

Liam Kay | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Liam Kay

 With the decline of the 'dad bod' and a recent increase in male grooming - more guys than ever are taking care of their appearance and trying to achieve the 'perfect' body. "Manscaping" is becoming a part of the daily routine; men are turning to waxing studios, threading their eyebrows, slapping on the fake tan and hitting the gym hard.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Myths, Masculinity, and a War to be Won

Conor Penn | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

Anyone who has suffered with BDD, totally irrespective of gender or sexual orientation, faces a civil war between body and mind each and every day. It is a war that cannot be won alone, and what's more, it's a war that many people don't even realise they shouldn't have to be fighting.

Reflections on Returning Home After Studying Abroad

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

While I was catching up on Made in Chelsea (post-study abroad life) an advert for Wilkinson Sword popped up. It showed a girl talking about jumping in...

Lucy Sherriff

What's It Like Having Body Dysmorphic Disorder? | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Body Dysmorphic Disorder, also known as BDD, is a commonly misunderstood mental health condition. Its sufferers are often branded narcissistic and sel...

Video Tells Body Dysmorphic Disorder Sufferers 'You Are Not Alone'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) affects around one in every 100 people in the UK, yet it is a condition we seldom talk about. The anxiety disorder -...

My Mental Illness Inspired My Ambition to Fix Other Young People's Minds

Danny Bowman | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bowman

I made a decision to change myself. I was no longer happy, or confident with my appearance. When I looked in the mirror, all I could see was a big nose, bad skin and an overweight figure. As time went on I became obsessed with the mirror, checking it up to 10 hours a day.

Living With Mild Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Conor Penn | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

I can't remember a time in which I wasn't obsessed with my appearance. There is a harsh, vindictive little critic who sits on my shoulder and breathes his bile into my ear incessantly... He tells me I'm grossly overweight, unattractive, and undesirable. He turns my head towards every reflective surface and excoriates every lump, bump, crease and curve, imagined or otherwise... I no longer feel I have any concept of what I actually look like.

Body Talkin'

The Mac Twins | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

The other huge problem about body dysmorphia is the normalisation and misuse of the term. You only have to look at gossip magazines covers to see celebrities mouthing about their muffin tops, slamming their cellulite and loathing their legs; thats human nature, its natural. Its not necessarily right, and we all do it far too often, but it's something innate in all of us.

From Anorexia Sufferer to Body Builder: Same Illness, A Different Guise?

Sam Thomas | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The focus on size and shape seems to suggests eating disorder is a physical illness, which it is not. By 'calorie loading' this is simply ignoring the underlying causes of anorexia - it may put on the weight, yes. However it does little to address the key factors or triggers linked to his eating disorder.

Why Do We Become Therapists?

Emmy Brunner | Posted 05.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emmy Brunner

If having experienced trauma or acute vulnerability ourselves, are we prepared to accept and share that part of ourselves in the work that we do with our patients? It is my view that in order to offer people the best possible chance of recovery we have to offer them something more intimate than clinical expertise.

How to Be a Real Man: Bare Balls

Neil Boorman | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Boorman

This new and disturbing male trend is nothing if not a taste of our own medicine. Women have been required to maintain punishing deforestation routines since cosmetic companies began to manufacture more razor blades than they could sell to face-shaving men.

Children Beg Glamour Model Mother To Stop Having Breast Enlargements (PICTURES)

Barcroft Media | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.06.2012 | UK

Lacey Wildd's children have begged their mother to stop having breast implants A mother-of-six obsessed with making her giant L-cup breasts even b...

Woman Spends £4000 on 100 Lip Injections to Look Like Jessica Rabbit - Could This be Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Dr. Sohom Das | Posted 03.02.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Sohom Das

I find it interesting how keen we are to vilify 'freaks', and define them by their eccentricities. Yet often when the outcome is something as serious as a suicide, or a breakdown, then we quickly do a U-turn. We deem the case 'tragic' and retrospectively show pity.