Paul’s Story

Having had BDD for many years it is good to see a site for local sufferers. I developed it at 15 years of age with a compulsion to cover up my pale skin. At one stage I didn’t leave the house for nearly 2 years. I didn’t want to be seen by anyone. It effected my personal life in a major way. Covering up continued for a long time & any physical changes threw me into a panic.

It has take decades for me to arrive at ¬†an acceptance of the way I look. Maybe if I had met other sufferers earlier it would have made a positive difference. I’ve come to see how helpful talking about & continued exposure of the problem can be. Its a great idea that there is the possibility for sufferers to get together & discuss BDD & its effects on our lives.

Hoping to hear from others how they are coping.


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One comment on “Paul’s Story
  1. Ashlea says:

    Hi Paul,

    Thank you for sharing your story. I met you today for the first time at the group meeting on 29th October, 2017.

    It is really helpful for me to read this and understand where you are coming from with your perspective about accepting ourselves, as is, to avoid future suffering with inevitable changes in appearance. To be OK with the way that we look, and to experience unpleasant thoughts and sensations without fighting them.

    I am sorry that your appearance has troubled you so much in the past that you were housebound, and am thankful for your attendance at groups to share how you are functioning now.

    Look forward to meeting you again,


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