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The Broken Mirror by Katharine A. Phillips
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Jul 22, 2009

really liked it

I learned an awful lot about this uncommonly known disorder. The person with BDD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder has a false distorted view of their appearance. This can take the form of obsessing constantly about a certain aspect of their body that they feel is flawed and unfixable. These individuals try their best through repetitive rituals of grooming, mirror checking and physical manipulation to gain some control over their perceived problem areas.These people also are big shoppers of cosmetic surgeries. This condition has a lot in common with OCD and other anxiety disorders. The author who treats BDD, feels that medication along with cognitive therapy is the best treatment outcome for these patients. If you, or someone you know suffers from BDD, this book is full of information and what to do about getting help. It is obvious this is not a disorder to be taken lightly and will only worsen if not treated by a knowledgable professional. Many more people have BDD than is recognized. It is thought that Michael Jackson, the famous pop star, who changed his appearance almost beyond comprehension had this little known mental disorder. From what I have read in this book, he certainly seems to fit the profile.
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