Books by people with BDD
Stories of tremendous bravery, immeasurable determination and incredible hope.
Nicole Schnackenberg and Sergio Petro (2016) with a Foreword by Professor Katharine Phillips, Introduction by Professor David Veale and Dr Rob Willson
Despite the extreme suffering experienced by people with BDD, it is possible to learn to cope with and even completely move beyond it. The stories in this volume powerfully attest to this. Gathered here are thirty-six lived experiences of people with BDD and their loved ones. They are stories of tremendous bravery, immeasurable determination and incredible hope.
“This is a landmark book – written mostly by sufferers, family members, and carers of those who have struggled with cruel disorder. Their perspective is invaluable, their voices are powerful, and they uniquely understand the experience of BDD”.~ Professor Katharine Phillips, MD
Eva Fisher, PhD
Am I ugly or do I have BDD?
If you ask yourself this question, you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), an underrecognized mental health condition that causes individuals to feel ugly and disfigured when they actually appear normal or attractive to others.
The BDD Family explores the support exchanged in a virtual BDD community. Members shared feelings of intense shame, fear, anger, and guilt kept hidden from their friends, family members, partners, and therapists. Their stories may resonate with what you endure every day. Members provided advice and information about coping with symptoms, getting diagnosed, and seeking treatment. They formed friendships, provided emotional support, and became part of the global BDD family.
Scott M. Granet
As many as 5-10 million Americans may suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) yet it remains under-recognised by both mental health professionals and the general public. Tormented by obsessive thoughts associated with physical appearance, and related compulsive behaviours, people with BDD believe their bodies are flawed or even deformed–imperfections typically not noticeable to others. High suicide attempt rates, the pursuit of cosmetic remedies and other factors complicate the clinical picture. Although Scott Granet began showing symptoms of BDD at 19, more than two decades passed before he discovered that his obsessive fear of losing his hair was a sign of a serious psychiatric condition. Written from the perspective of therapist who has lived with and triumphed over BDD, Granet’s personal and clinical narrative guides the reader through the process of assessing and treating BDD.