Books by people with BDD

Stories of tremendous bravery, immeasurable determination and incredible hope.

Reflections on Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Stories of Courage, Determination and 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

Available on and Amazon. £12.99. Also available as an E-Book.

The BDD Family: Coping with Body Dysmorphic Disorder in a Peer Support Group

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.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Mine and Yours – A Personal and Clinical Perspective

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.

Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Brian Cuban – NetMinds Corporation. (2013)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder – Memoir

Stephen Westwood

My Vision in the Mirror: One Man’s Struggle With Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Mark Postal

Living With Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Biography series)

Lea Walker and Janet Lee – Amazon Kindle edition

Mirror Mirror Off The Wall: A Personal Experience of Intertwined Obsessive/Compulsive Spectrum Disorders: Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Trichotillomania

Jenifer Wolf – Writers Club Press (2003)

Everything You Need to Know about Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Dealing with a Distorted Body Image (Need to Know Series)

Pamela Walker – Rosen Publishing Group (1999)

The Butterfly Girl

Rachael Baughan – John Blake Publishing (2008)

The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. Charity no. 1153753.