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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (20 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195379403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195379402
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Dr. Phillips has once again accomplished something monumental This empathetic and hopeful book provides a comprehensive understanding of body dysmorphic disorder; it also offers proven solutions for working through it effectively. I have no doubt that this eagerly anticipated and necessary contribution will be regarded as a most authoritative layman's manual for body dysmorphic disorder. "-- Britney Brimhall, Director, BDDCentral



"Dr. Phillips has once again accomplished something monumental This empathetic and hopeful book provides a comprehensive understanding of body dysmorphic disorder; it also offers proven solutions for working through it effectively. I have no doubt that this eagerly anticipated and necessary contribution will be regarded as a most authoritative layman's manual for body dysmorphic disorder. "-- Britney Brimhall, Director, BDDCentral


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.


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This is a great and informative book which includes lots of figures and research evidence, but none of that evidence or fact is referenced.

It's not ideal for academic use, but more for the lay person or individual experiencing BDD.
Very easy to read.
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Excellent book , informative and sympathetic to an illness which can destroys lives.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8a71d108) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
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HASH(0x8c4c49c4) out of 5 stars Very Helpful with a Difficult Issue 2 April 2009
By Dr. R. N. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a Psychologist and work with BDD clients, and this text is most helpful. I have found it useful to share some of the statistics and life stories that are included in the book. It is amazing how helpful it is for clients to discover they are not alone.

Material is complete and presented in an organized and useful way. The understanding enabled for both client and therapist is one of the main traits of this book. And the author is obviously committed to the betterment/healing of her clients.

One thing that I believe can be very useful is to understand that these clients are bothered by the PROCESS (obsessiveness of thoughts) as much as the CONTENT of the thoughts in this disorder. In addition, they are often more concerned with THEIR perceptions of themselves than they are with the perceptions of others (despite the presentation of the problem).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8daeee58) out of 5 stars Excellent book 16 Feb. 2011
By NightWishFan - Published on Amazon.com
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Many BDD sufferers encounter ignorance and misunderstanding about their condition from families and even mental health professionals. This book was a life saver, as it was refreshing to hear someone understand the condition. As a BDD sufferer, it may be hard to verbalize just how painful the condition is. A lot of us are worried that we will be mistaken as vain, silly or narcissistic. This isn't true. For anyone who wants to understand BDD, get this book.
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HASH(0x8a6b3060) out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Compassionate 11 Sept. 2012
By Joanne M. DeFiore - Published on Amazon.com
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Having a family member who suffers from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, I felt my prayers had been answered when I read Dr. Phillips first edition of the book...and her second is even better. It answered so many questions and concerns. I cried in several segments, because it was like reading about my own family member. Dr. Phillips helped me understand this complex disorder, and also gave me the insight to realize that many others are out there who suffer from this sometimes bizarre disorder.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a71bed0) out of 5 stars ms. Katharine's book changed my life for the better 3 Jun. 2014
By Kiffin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had the privilege of corresponding with Katharine Phillips and reading her book. Her in-depth study of body dysmorphia helped me in more ways than I can express.

At 18 I was what I feel, misdiagnosed with OCD. I always felt something else was missing. Why did everyone else appear normal and not care about the things I cared about.
I found out ten years later through reading Katharine's book, that I wasn't alone, and that I suffered something that is relatively new in the psychological field.
"torment" was the word in the book that described my experience best.
When I found that no-one, and nothing, seemed to care about me, I found hope in this book and sought treatment.

I think the book, coupled with my determination and grit, brought me to be a much happier person.

I had the great privilege of corresponding with Katharine through email, and she is a very generous and caring person.
The book captures what people with the disorder feel, and go through, being ever so gentle and sweet.
She also gives great clarification between someone who is just concerned with their looks, and one who really has body dysmorphic disorder. She gives recommended and proven treatments.

I don't know if it's too much to say in a review, but her in depth study gave me a reason to live. At times I get sad looking at the past and the things and events i've missed out on, due to my own body dysmorphic struggles, but, now I have my medication fixed a little more and have sought therapy. I finally have a small glimpse of hope for my future. I actually want to feel again. I enjoy the sun on my skin, and the wind that blows and the little things in life.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8a717b64) out of 5 stars Very informative and helpful ... 12 July 2013
By Mary H Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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Very informative and helpful to clinicians and others who
want to understand what BDD is and how it can be treated.
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