The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Psychology - 412 pages
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In a world obsessed with appearances, it is not surprising that body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, has manifested itself as a troubling and relatively common problem for many individuals. In The Broken Mirror, the 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.
BDD causes sufferers to be obsessed by perceived flaws in their appearance and may afflict as much as two percent of the population, or nearly five million people. Many sufferers are able to function well in society, but remain secretly obsessed by their "hideous acne" or "horrible nose," sneaking constant peeks at a pocket mirror, or spending hours at a time redoing makeup. Others find their lives disintegrate because of their appearance obsessions. It is not an uncommon disorder, simply a hidden one, since sufferers are often embarrassed to tell even their closest friends about their concerns. The author presents the stories and interviews of over 200 individuals to show the many different behaviors and symptoms of BDD, and includes a quick self-assessment questionnaire. Four new chapters provide updated information on treatment of BDD, frequently obtained treatments to be avoided, and more detailed advice for family members and friends on how to cope with the disorder.
Left untreated, the torment of BDD can lead to psychiatric hospitalization and sometimes suicide. With treatment, many sufferers are able to lead normal lives. The Broken Mirror is literally a lifesaving handbook for sufferers, their families, and their doctors.

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The single most helpful book I ever read on mental illness, honestly. One: because it transformed my thinking on this issue. Two: because it frames a mental illness the way it should be, without ... Read full review

The broken mirror: understanding and treating body dysmorphic disorder

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The expanded edition of Phillips's book delves further into body dysmorphic disorder, an obsession with an imagined physical abnormality. With today's emphasis on physical appearance and the lengths to wthich many go to alter theirs, this book remains timely. Read full review


Why BDD Matters
What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
How Do I Know If I Have BDD?
BDD Comes in Many Forms
Painful Obsessions
Mirror Checking Grooming Camouflaging Dieting and Other
I Cant Resist
Its Ruined My Life Carls Experience I Pull Myself Together
A Treatment Guide
How to Successfully Treat BDD with Medication
CognitiveBehavioral Therapy for BDD
Treatments That Dont Work
Anorexia Nervosa Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Koro and Other
For Family Members and Friends
Getting Help for BDD

What Causes BDD? Clues to an Unsolved Puzzle
Arent We All Concerned with How We Look? BDD Body Image
Cooccurrence of BDD and Other Disorders

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About the author (2005)

Katharine A. Phillips is RI Director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Body Image Program at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University School of Medicine.

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