Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

About Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

We have found over the years in dealing with gynecomastia that many men also suffer from BDD. They have the first surgery and then the second and often the third. No matter how much is taken away they still see breasts. In one case during the second surgery the young man had muscle removed and created a major distortion of his chest.

It is a fairly common condition and exists in various degrees. It is difficult to treat but the first option is drugs and for those that it helps it is a life saver. The most common treatment is Cognitive Behavior Therapy which reports good results for many. We believe that EMDR holds promise for many in the future.

Read the links and books below for more information.

In Pursuit of Perfection: A Primary Care Physician's Guide to Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Obsession With Pumping Iron May Indicate Subtype of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Image and Self-Esteem

Books About Body Image

Check out the books that we have listed. The Broken Mirror and The Adonis Complex will give you the most information about the disorder for men. The others are also useful. If you'd like to order any book on this page, click on the image to be taken to

The Adonis Complex
The Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession
by Harrison G. Pope Jr. M.D., Katharine A. Phillips M.D., Roberto Olivardia Ph.D.
Exacting Beauty
Theory, Assessment & Treatment of Body Image Disturbance
by J. Kevin Thompson, Leslie J. Heinberg, Madeline Altabe, Stacey Tantleff-Dunn
The Broken Mirror
Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder
by Katharine A. Phillips M.D.
The Body Image Workbook
An 8 Step Program for Learning to Like Your Looks
by Thomas F. Cash, Ph.D.