The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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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.
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Overview

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.

Gender & BDD across the life span, cognitive-behavioral therapy & other trmts, BDD & the family, etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"If one thinks that BDD might simply be a new age coinage for vanity, Phillips...makes a convincing case for taking a second look by drawing on years of clinical practice, research, and patient interviews."—Book News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195167191
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/2/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 235,319
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

1 Why BDD Matters 3
2 Patients Speak 9
3 What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder? 25
4 How Do I Know If I Have BDD? 43
5 BDD Comes in Many Forms 55
6 Painful Obsessions 77
7 Mirror Checking, Grooming, Camouflaging, Dieting, and Other BDD Behaviors 95
8 How BDD Affects Lives: Social Avoidance, Problems at Work, and Suicide 131
9 Gender and BDD across the Life Span 155
10 What Causes BDD? Clues to an Unsolved Puzzle 169
11 Aren't We All Concerned with How We Look? BDD and Normal Appearance Concerns 193
12 Anorexia Nervosa, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Koro, and Other Disorders - Are They Relatives of BDD? 209
13 Help for BDD Sufferers: Overview and Medications 233
14 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Other Treatments 263
15 BDD and the Family 291
Epilogue 313
Appendixes 316
Glossary 338
Index 345
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    A Great Look Into a Devastating Disorder!

    This book is nothing but amazing in understanding and treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Body Dysmorphic disorder is not only tormenting, its disabling to many who have it. Dr. Katharine Phillips, did an excellent job in revising and editing this book from its first edition. New treatments and updated therapeutic advice is applied in this book. Its great for people with BDD, family, and clinicians alike. Also what I found intriguing about this book is that Dr. Phillips mentions certain abnormalities in the brain of a person with BDD. This book is definitely a life saving tool, and the best book available to date on BDD. It's a must have!!!!

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