Project Support from UCLA BDD Research Program

"When I first viewed this I literally experienced chills from how emotionally powerful and on-point it is. These are the voices of my patients over the past 12 years! The full video within the installation is longer and includes the spoken thoughts and feelings of several other people with BDD. 

Leigh de Vries has honed in on a particular experience of those with BDD that leads to tremendous suffering and isolation: the extreme difficulty that friends and family have in understanding and empathizing with people with BDD, due to the fact that they look entirely normal or even attractive to them. She has applied her wonderful creativity and her personal experience with suffering from BDD to create a powerful (almost virtual reality-like) experiential piece to address this."

- Jamie D. Feusner, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Director, Adult OCD Program, Director, Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

"How can others understand your experience with BDD? Show them this powerful and poignant video by Leigh de Vries"