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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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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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"Dr. Phillips, our country's most experienced researcher and clinician in the area of body dysmorphic disorder, has written an impressive and very readable book that fills a gap in the medical literature. Clinicians and patients frequently ask what they can read to get a basic understanding of the techniques that have been successfully used to treat patients with this often disabling disorder. Until this book, there was not a comprehensive source."--Michael Jenike, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"Nobody knows more about Body Dysmorphic Disorder than Dr. Phillips and her book, The Broken Mirror, will be invaluable to patients who suffer from the disorder, members of their family who do not know how to be helpful, and finally, to the clinician who wants to know the latest research evidence regarding the effectiveness of different treatment approaches."--Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, New York State Psychiatric Institute

"Dr. Phillips' book is a landmark in the recognition and treatment of imagined ugliness. This book, beautifully written, provides a great deal of hope for patients with body dysmorphic disorder and their family members and should help speed recovery for countless sufferers of this common, fascinating, and disabling illness."--Eric Hollander, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, The Mount Sinai Medical Center

"An important and seminal work. It breaks new ground. In addition, it is fascinating and fun to read. Hopefully it will help many people who have suffered in silence and in shame."--Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

"One of psychiatry's special gifts is, occasionally, to give a public name to isolating forms of torment. The Broken Mirror offers that gift, as well as reason to hope, to those who worry obsessively about their appearance. Katherine Phillips provides an authoritative look at an underrecognized and devastating disorder."--Peter D. Kramer, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Brown University, and author of Listening to Prozac

"Countless people suffer silently from chronic preoccupations that parts of their bodies are ugly or deformed--yet do not realize that these disorders are common and that highly effective treatments are now available. Dr. Philips, a leading scholar in this area, provides a definitive presentation of body dysmorphic disorder and its treatment."--Harrison G. Pope, Jr., M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and author of New Hope for Binge Eaters

"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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