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Medically Unexplained Symptoms / Bodily Distress Disorder

Medically Unexplained Symptoms / Bodily Distress Disorder Service


What are Medically Unexplained Symptoms / Bodily Distress Disorder?


MUS/BDD refers to persistent bodily complaints for which adequate examination (including investigations) does not reveal any specified pathology. MUS/BDD is the term used to address disorders where physical symptoms have no medical explanation.


What is the Bodily Distress Disorder Service?


The Bodily Distress Disorder (BDD) Wellbeing Service offers a “One-Stop-Shop” service with a choice of group treatments – Meditation Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Strategies for Healthy Living Group (SHLG), a form of Body- Oriented Therapy.

These targeted group therapies have been developed and evaluated through research to improve enduring physical symptoms, working with and through embodiment and the focus is on improving physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Referral Pathway

simple referral pathway


X (formerly known as Twitter) News

“Going to the Strategies for Healthy Living Group group gave me a purpose that morning"

"The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Group was a game changer for me"

"I left the group with a 'new perspective'"

"The group facilitator is understanding and warm”

Service Users, Bodily Distress Disorder Service

“These groups offer amazing support, and offers invaluable opportunities for service users”

Referrers, Bodily Distress Disorder Service

“This innovative project works directly with and through patient’s bodily complaints demonstrating that a flexible, patient-oriented approach to MUS/BDD can make a real difference”

Professor Frank Röhricht, Project Lead