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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and its association with suicidal ideation (forming ideas or images), self-harm and suicide.

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a relatively rare condition where a person has overly strong feelings about some parts of the body which they cannot normally be reassured about. These powerful feelings can drive emotions and feelings of unhappiness, depression and they can in certain situations lead to self- harm and possibly suicide. To date, we are unclear how often this happens, and how much BDD  Is a risk for self harm and suicide. We are, therefore, looking at all hospital admissions where a person has been diagnosed with BDD to see if there is a link to self harm and or suicide. The aim of the project is to help alert psychiatrists and psychologists to this risk with the aim of ultimately improving treatments and improving outcomes.

Depression in adolescence is relatively common and, unfortunately, in certain cases difficult to treat with either medication, such as antidepressants, or psychological treatments such as counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). We are unclear how often treatment fails in the first instance and resistance occurs. It is important to know this, so that we can understand how big the problem is and, importantly, look at ways of improving our treatments for depression in this age group.

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