Dr. Katharine Phillips on Oprah – Body Dismorphic Disorder (BDD)
Katharine A. Phillips, MD, will discuss body dismorphic disorder (BDD) tonight, November 8, on CNN with Paula Zahn.
with Oprah Winfrey today.
Body dysmorphic disorder (or BDD) is a relatively common, often severe, and underrecognized body image disorder. It consists of distressing or impairing preoccupations with perceived flaws in one’s appearance. People with BDD are obsessed with the belief that something’s wrong with how they look. They may describe themselves as looking ugly, unattractive, “not right,” deformed — or even “hideous” or “monstrous.” This preoccupation frequently focuses on the face or head, often the skin (for example, acne, scarring, skin color), hair (for example, thinning or excessive body hair), or nose (for example, size or shape). However, people with BDD can dislike any part of their body. The appearance preoccupations are hard to control or stop, and people with BDD usually think about their perceived appearance flaws for hours a day. When other people say that they look fine, the person with BDD finds it hard to believe this reassurance.
BDD is an underrecognized and serious mental illness. It isn’t vanity. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of BDD and get the right treatment.
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Katharine Phillips, MD, is the author of The Broken Mirror:Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder and professor of Psychiatry at Butler Hospital and Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island.
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