• Elizabeth Archer

"I felt so ugly I wanted to die"

Many teenagers are self-conscious about the way they look.

However for Kitty Wallace her appearance was a source of such anxiety and distress that she contemplated suicide. “I thought I was so ugly that people would be horrifi ed when they saw me,” says Kitty, now 31. “Taking my own life seemed like a solution. I thought, ‘Maybe it’s easier if I’m not around, rather than looking and feeling like this.’”

Kitty was in the grip of a debilitating psychological condition called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). An anxiety disorder, the condition distorts the way sufferers see themselves.

It is thought to affect about one in 50 people in the UK and in severe cases it can lead to depression and suicidal thoughts.

She told me what it's like to live in the grip of BDD, and how she recovered.

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