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In a world obsessed with appearances, it is not surprising that body dysmorphic disorder--a painful obsession with perceived flaws in one's appearance--has become a serious problem for millions of individuals. In The Broken Mirror, the first and still the definitive book on BDD, Dr. Katharine A. Phillips provided a comprehensive handbook for patients and health care professionals. Now, in Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Dr. Phillips has dramatically condensed the original book, providing patients, their friends, and their families with a concise and much more accessible guide to BDD.

Using stories and interviews to show the many different behaviors and symptoms of BDD, and providing a quick self-assessment questionnaire, Dr. Phillips helps readers distinguish between normal concern with appearance and the obsession of BDD. She then guides readers through the basics of the disorder and through the many treatment options that work and don't work. Drawing on her years of clinical practice, scientific research, and professional evaluations of over 700 patients, she offers the best possible advice available. The result is a literally lifesaving handbook for sufferers and their families. Left untreated, the torment of BDD can lead to psychiatric hospitalization and even suicide. With treatment, many sufferers are able to lead normal lives. Patients, family members, and friends will find this book an indispensable tool in coping with this illness.

One of the world's leading authorities of BDD, Dr. Phillips has appeared on NBC's Dateline and on The Oprah Winfrey Show to bring this tragic illness to the attention of millions of viewers, many of whom suffer in silence, not even aware that they have a treatable problem. With Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder, these sufferers will find both helpful advice and much needed reassurance in a compact, down-to-earth 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 first and 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: An Essential 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," 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.

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 Dysmorphic Disorder: An Essential Guide, sufferers will find both helpful advice and much needed reassurance in a compact, down-to-earth indispensable book.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195379402
Author:
Phillips, Katharine A.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Philip's
Author:
null, Katharine A.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Body dysmorphic disorder.
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Psychopathology - General
Subject:
Clinical Psychology
Subject:
Self concept.
Subject:
Body image
Subject:
Psychology, Clinical
Subject:
Psychology - Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7 x 9.9 x 0.8 in 1.2 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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 first and 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: An Essential 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," 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.

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 Dysmorphic Disorder: 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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