The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - 412 頁
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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1 Why BDD Matters
3
2 Patients Speak
7
3 What Is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
21
4 How Do I Know If I Have BDD?
37
5 BDD Comes in Many Forms
51
6 Painful Obsessions
69
7 Mirror Checking Grooming Camouflaging Dieting and Other BDD Behaviors
83
Social Avoidance Problems at Work and Suicide
115
A Treatment Guide
203
13 How to Successfully Treat BDD with Medication
215
14 CognitiveBehavioral Therapy for BDD
249
15 Treatments That Dont Work
299
16 Anorexia Nervosa Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Koro and Other DisordersAre They Relatives of BDD?
311
17 For Family Members and Friends
335
18 Getting Help for BDD
353
Appendixes
367

9 Gender and BDD Across the Life Span
141
10 What Causes BDD? Clues to an Unsolved Puzzle
157
11 Arent We All Concerned with How We Look? BDD Body Image and Normal Appearance Concerns
187
Glossary
393
Index
401
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Katharine A. Phillips is at Brown University School of Medicine.

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