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"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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Katharine A. Phillips is R.I. 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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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Rev Exp edition (June 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195167198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195167191
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Maegan A on July 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a 26 year old woman who has struggled with BBD for many years. I thought I was absolutly crazy until I happend to pick this book up about 6 years ago and found that other people are just like me. It has forever changed me since then. It has given me a name for my actions and piece of mind knowing that I am not alone. I have found strength in this book and can now happily say that I am recovering and functioning again in society as a "normal" person. I was housebound for years and lived in my own created prison. I was literally trapped in the mirror and thought I was a monster and had to hide from the world. Now I know what I have and this book has helped my friends and family better understand my struggles. BBD is just now starting to be talked about, but when I bought this book it was a topic people didnt know about or discussed. Now when I watch TV I can point out others that probably have it too (the woman who was on Oprah who has ungone countless surgeries to look like a Barbie doll and Michael Jackson) maybe they too could get their life back if this was more known about. I see them and connect with them and want to help because I felt that pain once too. This book is a start about getting the word out there. The more information that is out there the better. Just knowing you have this is half of it and admiting to it. This book helped me do that.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Matt Sanborn on January 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book itself provides an indepth look at BDD, my wife was recently diagnosed with the disorder. However, the book simply tells you about the symptoms and what the patient is going through. It provide little insight on obtaining help. My wife met with the author Katherine Phillips but was only offered a place in her new study for her new book. I feel that writing about the disorder is just that. Nobody seems to be offering a solution. For the price, it's a good book to share with freinds and family to help them understand the pain and stress the disorder puts on everday life. Thanks.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By G. Pearson on September 27, 2001
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"The Broken Mirror" is clearly and concisely written, gives numerous case studies and takes the reader through the diagnostic reasoning in each case. But, far too much information is rehashed, and the early chapters aren't substantively different than the latter chapters. For example, the definition of the disease is repeated practially hundreds of times, often with a slightly different meaning, and many of the case studies are too similar to offer new insights.
This is not a self-help book, but it's a far cry from a textbook.
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A through, informative, accessible introduction to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), grounded in Phillips's clinical practice and interviews with patients. Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a psychological disease characterized with an obsession with perceived flaws in the sufferer's appearance. In reality these flaws are minimal or nonexistent, yet to the sufferer they are very real and can create extreme anxiety, obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviors. Phillips's book was the only one of its kind when originally published and is still one of the few books about BDD. She provides a well-written and researched introduction to all aspects of BDD, including diagnostic criteria, signs of the disease, and the impact of the disease on suffers as well as friends and family. At the end of the book she discusses treatment of BDD, but this section is limited by the lack of research done on treatment and remission. Despite this hole, the book is a well-rounded and educational introduction to the disorder, conveying both statistics and emotional impact and proving a lot of information about the how, why, and what of BDD. I highly recommend it to those interested in the subject.

My interest in BDD is primarily academic and casual, therefore I cannot give feedback on this book based on either personal experience of psychological knowledge. The Broken Mirror, however, is an approachable introduction to those with no knowledge about the subject. Phillips starts from square one, giving a number of descriptions of what BDD looks like, how it effects patients, and how crippling it can be. These patient histories are so prevalent they can get tedious, bu they do a fair job of introducing the subject and impressing its severity and reality on to even the causal reader.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By wisedummies@msn.com on June 21, 1999
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Katharine Phillips's pioneering work on BDD will help to change the lives of many. I have suffered for over a decade with this chronic, annoying condition. Her clinical expertise and innate ability to relate to her readers through various case studies and the personal interactions with her patients leads one to a true understanding of this disorder. But the author goes a step further by providing treatment techniques which the patient & their loved ones can employ to alleviate/eliminate the emotionally painful behaviors caused by BDD. I will read it again and refer to it during the difficult times I have in coping with BDD. wisedumi, Texas
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 8, 2005
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Now in a revised and expanded edition, The Broken Mirror: Understanding And Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a close examination of body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, in which sufferers become so obsessed with perceived flaws in their appearance as to experience disruption or depression in their lives. All too often those afflicted with BDD are too embarrassed to speak of their concerns. Katharine Phillips, M.D., author and director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Body Image Program at Butler Hospital in Rhode Island, brings her expertise to bear on this comprehensive general text for psychologists and lay readers alike. Chapters include testimonies of people with BDD, definitions and how to diagnose BDD, causes of BDD, how BDD can be treated with medication or cognitive-behavioral therapy, how BDD relates to anorexia nervosa, obsessive compulsive disorder and other conditions, advice for family members and friends of those with BDD, and more. Presenting a complex medical and psychological problem without straying into excessively technical language, The Broken Mirror is highly recommended.
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