by Sabine Wilhelm
Self-assessment tools help readers understand their problems and decide whether they should be evaluated for body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a severely distressing level of dissatisfaction with one’s body.
In a society where a blemish or "bad hair" can ruin an otherwise perfect day, and airbrushed abs dominate the magazine rack, many people feel ashamed of their bodies. Whether they’ve stopped socializing because of an imagined defect or spent thousands on skin care, hair growth products, or plastic surgery, Feeling Good about the Way You Look helps men and women with exaggerated concerns about their appearance break free from the mirror and get their lives back on track. Self-assessment tools help readers understand their problems and decide whether they should be evaluated for body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a severely distressing level of dissatisfaction with one’s body. Step-by-step guidelines teach them to overcome discouraging thoughts, curtail obsessive appearance rituals, and see themselves realistically. With a chapter for friends and family members who suspect a loved one may be struggling with body image issues, this is the perfect starting point for those who want to help themselves or someone they care about make peace with their looks.
"Dr. Wilhelm is one of the world's experts in body image and a pioneer in the treatment of body image disturbance through cognitive-behavioral therapy. This is an authoritative, lucid, wise, and engaging book. More than that, it is an important book--it will change lives. If you are constrained by anxiety and shame about your appearance, Dr. Wilhelm maps out the road to freedom; to feeling truly and authentically good about the way you look."
-Nancy Etcoff, PhD, author of Survival of the Prettiest
"As someone who experienced body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), when you’re at your lowest, you really believe you will never have a normal life...This book can and will help many people. I wish there had been a book like this when I was at my lowest points!"
"Millions of people suffer from body image concerns. Some are paralyzed by them. Here, Dr. Sabine Wilhelm offers a systematic, scientifically based program of self-treatment."
-Harrison G. Pope Jr., MD, coauthor of The Adonis Complex
"Dr. Wilhelm, one of the few experts on the treatment of BDD, has written a landmark book....For those struggling to overcome the torment of BDD, this book offers invaluable guidance and hope."
-Katharine A. Phillips, MD, author of The Broken Mirror
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, founder and director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Clinic and Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is internationally recognized as a leading researcher in BDD and is the principal investigator of an NIMH-funded study to develop and test a cognitive-behavioral treatment for the disorder. Her areas of clinical and research interest include the diagnosis and treatment of BDD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Tourette's disorder.
Pages: 212 Size: 7" x 10"
1. For the Sake of Appearance
2. "Why Do I Feel So Unattractive?"
3. Thinking about Change
4. Understanding Your Problems and Planning Solutions
5. Managing Your Thoughts
6. Getting Your Life Back with Exposure Exercises
7. Freeing Yourself from Rituals with Response Prevention Exercises
8. Getting at Your Core Beliefs
9. Staying Well
10. "Should I Take Medication?"
11. Helping a Family Member or Friend with Body Image Concerns
Appendix. The Relationship of BDD to Other Disorders
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