Our Trustee Dr Amita Jassi, a consultant clinical psychologist specialising in BDD at the Maudsley hospital, speaks about BDD for the ITV News
Cosmetic surgeons have reported that people have started to ask for treatments that will make them look like their digitally-altered self – a condition surgeons have called ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’.
While that’s not a medically recognised condition, young people wanting to look like their airbrushed selfies could be showing symptoms of a mental health condition called Body Dysmorphic Disorder.
In the report Amita explains that BDD is 'characterised by a sufferer really being preoccupied with what they perceive to be a flaw in their appearance, which other people would not see at all or would appear really slight to them".
She added: "This preoccupation really drives them to engage in repetitive behaviour to try to hide or fix that perceived flaw, so wearing excessive makeup, seeking cosmetic treatments and checking their appearance in the mirror excessively..