Body Dysmorphic Disorder Resources, Support and References

Body Dysmorphic Disorder Support Groups

It can be very emotionally painful when one thinks that something is very unacceptable about their body or body parts. For people with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, being surrounded by people who can understand them, and most importantly accept them as they are, can be very helpful in the recovery process. Seeking out a support group of individuals who have recovered from this disorder is advisable. It is also helpful to reach out to family and friends to ask for emotional support while the person is in the process of recovery. For people with a family member or a friend whom they think is suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, it is very important to gain more information and understanding about this psychological problem. This becomes more crucial when the loved one is in denial about their disorder. They must learn how to encourage their loved one to seek professional help, while giving them the love and acceptance they need to overcome embarrassment and anxiety. Needless to say, this can be a very daunting challenge for family and friends. However, keeping in mind that Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a chronic problem which gets worse over time without treatment—the role of family and friends in encouraging the person to seek proper treatment is very important. The following are some support organizations for people affected by Body Dysmorphic Disorder: is an online community maintained by Body Dysmorphic Disorder survivors, providing information, support references and an online forum for people affected by the disorder. is a non-profit organization for sufferers of Body Dysmorphic Disorder as well as professionals who are studying the disorder. Their aim is to provide information and increase awareness about the disorder so that treatments can be improved and made more accessible. is suicide prevention non-profit organization providing online and telephone hotlines for people thinking of suicide.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder References

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