Body Dysmorphic Disorder Books

The books below are recommended for those who suffer from anxiety disorders or to friends and family of those suffering from anxiety disorders. You may purchase these books at your local bookseller, or click on the links below to purchase them from

The Broken Mirror The Broken Mirror

Katharine A. Phillips

In this first and most definitive book on BDD, Dr. Katharine Phillips draws on years of clinical practice, scientific research, and professional evaluations of over 700 patients to bring readers her expertise and experience with this often debilitating illness.

Feeling Good About the Way you Look Feeling Good About the Way you Look

Martin M. Antony, Ph.D. and
Richard P. Swinson, M.D.

If dissatisfaction with your looks is a distressing preoccupation, this compassionate book offers a way to break free from the mirror. Harvard psychologist Sabine Wilhelm leads you through a step-by-step program that helps you fight the urge to spend hours “fixing” your skin and hair, working out, or shopping for flattering clothes. Reality-check exercises based on cognitive-behavioral therapy demonstrate how to identify unfounded beliefs about your appearance.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Treatment Manual

Sabine Wilhelm (Author)
Katharine A. Phillips (Author)
Gail Steketee (Author)

Presenting an effective treatment approach specifically tailored to the unique challenges of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), this book is grounded in state-of-the-art research. The authors are experts on BDD and related conditions. They describe ways to engage patients who believe they have defects or flaws in their appearance. Provided are clear-cut strategies for helping patients overcome the self-defeating thoughts, impairments in functioning, and sometimes dangerous ritualistic behaviors that characterize BDD. Clinician-friendly features include step-by-step instructions for conducting each session and more than 50 reproducible handouts and forms; the large-size format facilitates photocopying.

See also the related self-help guide by Dr. Wilhelm, Feeling Good about the Way You Look, an ideal recommendation for clients with BDD or less severe body image problems.

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