From the heart and soul of mental health sufferer, Chloe Catchpole, and the expert minds of the talented, clinical psychologists, Dr. Lauren Callaghan and Dr. Annemarie O’Connor, this book is divided into two helpful, cohesive parts.
In Part I we follow Chloe’s desperate struggle with body image and body dysmorphia. We learn about the huge impact it had on her everyday life, drastically affecting her education and career prospects. We witness her journey of painful despair, from a teenager who never really understood the illness tormenting her, to a young woman regaining control in her life. Meeting Dr. Callaghan and Dr. O’Connor was a turning point in her life, as they guided her on the road towards recovery and helped her manage the holds that her disorder had over her. Sufferers with any type of body image or anxiety conditions will identify with Chloe’s suffering and the daily struggles she faces. Dr. Callaghan and Dr. O’Connor’s wisdom, expertise and compassionate approach have enabled Chloe to move on significantly with her life. Their approach is captured perfectly as they provide valuable insight into why and how Chloe struggled with her condition, and what needs to be done to ensure her path to recovery and beyond.
Part II is Pullingthetrigger®, the definitive survival and recovery approach for overcoming issues with Body Image and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. It is a unique, user-friendly self-help approach to support and guide mild, moderate and severe sufferers to a place called recovery and beyond.
About the Authors:
Lauren Callaghan (CPsychol, PGDipClinPsych, PgCert, MA (hons), LLB (hons), BA), born and educated in New Zealand, is an innovative industry leading psychologist based in London. Lauren was a psychologist at the specialist national treatment centres for severe obsessional problems in the UK and is renowned as an expert in the field of mental health, recognised for diagnosing and successfully treating OCD and anxiety related illnesses in particular
Dr Annemarie O'Connor (CPsychol, DClinPsy. PgCert, BSc) is a clinical psychologist with over fifteen years experience of assessing, understanding and treating anxiety and related psychological difficulties. She has worked as a national specialist treating people who have body image concerns or Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and has co-founded The Body Image Clinic; a clinic that specifically provides effective evidence based treatment for body image concerns. Annemarie is an active supporter of the BDD Foundation, the UK leading charity for BDD.
Chloe Catchpole has suffered from BDD since her mid-teens. Alongside BDD, Chloe also suffered from anxiety and depression which impacted her academia. Her refuge was film and she became increasingly interested in a career in film criticism. Chloe is extremely passionate about raising awareness for body dysmorphic disorder, a little-known disorder which can be utterly debilitating.