Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder: An Essential Guide

Paperback | February 21, 2009

byKatharine A. Phillips

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In a world obsessed with appearance, it is not surprising that body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD - an emotionally painful obsession with perceived flaws in one's appearance - has manifested itself as a troubling and relatively common problem for many individuals. In The Broken Mirror, the firstand most definitive book on BDD, Dr. Katharine A. Phillips provided a comprehensive manual for patients and their physicians by drawing on years of clinical practice, scientific research, and professional evaluations of over 1,000 patients. Now, in Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder: AnEssential Guide, the world's leading authority on BDD reaches out to patients, their friends, and their families with this concise and updated handbook. 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," sneakingconstant 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 theirconcerns. Using stories and interviews to show the many different behaviors and symptoms of BDD, and a quick self-assessment questionnaire, Dr. Phillips guides readers through the basics of the disorder and through the many treatment options that work and don't work. With Understanding Body DysmorphicDisorder: An Essential Guide, sufferers will find both helpful advice and much needed reassurance in a compact, down-to-earth indispensable book.

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In a world obsessed with appearance, it is not surprising that body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD - an emotionally painful obsession with perceived flaws in one's appearance - has manifested itself as a troubling and relatively common problem for many individuals. In The Broken Mirror, the firstand most definitive book on BDD, Dr. Kathar...

Katharine A. Phillips, MD, is Director of The BDD and Body Image Program at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and Professor of Psychiatry at Brown Medical School. She has appeared on NBC's Dateline, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC'S 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, National Public Radio, and Good Morning America.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.9 × 7 × 0.8 inPublished:February 21, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?2. How Do I Know If I Have BDD?3. BDD Comes in Many Forms4. Painful Obsessions5. Compulsive Behaviors: Mirror Checking, Grooming, Camouflaging, Dieting, and Others6. How BDD Affects Lives: Social Avoidance, Problems with School and Work, Violence, Suicide, and Other Consequences7. Gender and BDD across the Life Span8. What Causes BDD? Clues to an Unsolved Puzzle9. Getting Better: A Brief Treatment Guide10. How to Successfully Treat BDD with Medication11. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for BDD12. Cosmetic Treatments: Surgery, Dermatologic, Dental, and Other Treatments13. Anorexia Nervosa, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Other Psychiatric Disorders-What's Their Relationship to BDD?14. Advice for Family Members and Friends15. Getting Help for BDDGlossaryIndex