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D.A. Ayers was born in Canada and currently lives near Toronto, Ontario. His book titled An Ugly Secret was written while he struggled severely with a body image disorder known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD.
on Sep. 12, 2012 :
A brave, personal account of a young man's struggles with BDD, and all that it entails. D's story is genuine and candid, and at times difficult to read, as he exposes the insecurities and anxiety he faced daily. It is refreshing to read about mental health from the perspective of someone who is struggling, rather than from a clinical or fictional perspective.
Thanks for sharing, D.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 13, 2012 :
An extremely honest and personal account of the author's struggles to come to terms with and developing coping skills for BDD, written over the course of doing so. At times difficult to read because of the harsh reality discussed, this book takes the reader on a hard journey of discovering one's own path in a judgmental and superficial world, and sheds light on some shortcomings in the medical and mental health professions.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
David W Carlson
on July 30, 2012 :
'An Ugly Secret' is a courageous, compelling and poignant account of one man's struggle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). It is a 'must read' for those who struggle with this illness, their friends and family!
(reviewed the day of purchase)