Why The Effects of Trauma Are So Complicated

Have you ever been in an argument where the person you are arguing with, or perhaps you yourself, began to sound like a teenager?  “You started it!”  “No, you started!”  Does this remind you of seventh grade? This is obviously not normal adult speaking or thinking.  But it can be explained by old wounds that […]

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How To Interpret Some Bad Reviews on the Internet

Some of the most unhappy stories on the Internet are totally real to the writers, but still reflect distorted thinking.  Think, for example, of people who allege that their plastic surgeons destroyed their lives, ruined their relationships with families and friends, made them ugly, or were monsters that treated them cruelly. Certainly not all surgeons […]

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Why I Wrote “Childhood Abuse, Body Shame, and Addictive Plastic Surgery: The Face of Trauma” …

…..  and How I Became Interested in Body Dysmorphic Disorder. In fact, I did not start out to write a book.  I started out trying to understand why some patients who got good results that achieved exactly what they had requested could be so unhappy postoperatively.  In the mid-1980’s, I operated on three such patients without […]

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Third of 3 Excerpts from “The Face of Trauma” – Why I Think I Am Right About the Origins of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

As I have spoken to mental health professionals over the last four years during the writing of my book, I have gotten two reactions.  One is that my theory that body dysmorphic disorder stems from childhood abuse and neglect is already in the literature.  It actually isn’t, but it seems so self-evident to them that […]

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