Dr. Katharine Phillips and Jesse's parents

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Dr. Phillips says that BDD is one of the most misunderstood psychiatric illnesses to people who do not suffer from it. For instance, you think your daughter or son is attractive, so why are they living in such pain?

"Most people with BDD don't want to be unusually beautiful. Most people just want to look normal, and acceptable," Dr. Phillips says. "They want to blend in and not feel deviant in some way. It's so difficult for people to understand this illness. Family members try to talk to the person out of their concern…'You're beautiful.' But that doesn't work. You need the right psychiatric treatment to get better. This can be a devastating illness, but the good news is that most people get better with the right treatment."
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Published on September 14, 2005

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