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The Broken Mirror : Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder - Katharine A. Phillips

The Broken Mirror

Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Paperback Published: 2nd June 2005
ISBN: 9780195167191
Number Of Pages: 432

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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 hospitalisation 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.

Acknowledgements; Why I'm Updating This Book; 1. Why BDD Matters; 2. Patients Speak; 3. What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?; 4. How Do I Know If I Have BDD?; 5. BDD Comes in Many Forms; 6. Painful Obsessions; 7. Mirror Checking, Grooming, Camouflaging, Dieting and Other BDD Behaviours; 8. How BDD Affects Lives: Social Avoidance, Problems at Work and Suicide; 9. Gender and BDD Across the Life Span; 10. What Causes BDD? Clues to an Unsolved Puzzle; 11. Aren't We All Concerned with How We Look? Body Image, BDD and Normal Appearance Concerns; 12. Getting Better: A Treatment Guide; 13. How to Successfully Treat BDD with Medication; 14. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy; 15. Treatments That Don't Work; 16. Anorexia Nervosa, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Koro and Other Disorders - Are They Relatives of BDD?; 17. For Family Members and Friends; 18. Getting Help for BDD; APPENDIXES; A. Demographic Characterstics of People with BDD; B. Brief Description of Selected Psychiatric Disorders; C. Instruments (Scales) for Assessing BDD; D. Co-occurrence of BDD and Other Disorders

ISBN: 9780195167191
ISBN-10: 0195167198
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 2nd June 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.65  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Type: Revised