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One boy spends six hours a day washing himself?and still can't believe he will ever be clean Another sufferer must check her stove hundreds of times daily to make sure she has turned it off And one woman, in an effort to ensure that her eyebrows are symmetrical, finally plucks out every hair
All of these people are suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), an emotionally crippling sickness that afflicts up to six million Americans. Cleaning, counting, washing, ...
One boy spends six hours a day washing himself—and still can't believe he will ever be clean Another sufferer must check her stove hundreds of times daily to make sure she has turned it off And one woman, in an effort to ensure that her eyebrows are symmetrical, finally plucks out every hair
All of these people are suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), an emotionally crippling sickness that afflicts up to six million Americans. Cleaning, counting, washing, avoiding, checking—these are some of the pointless rituals that sufferers are powerless to stop. Now a distinguished psychiatrist and expert on OCD reveals exciting breakthroughs in diagnosis, succesful new behaviorist therapies and drug treatments, as well as lists of resources and references. Drawing on the extraordinary experiences of her patients, Dr. Judith Rapoport unravels the mysteries surrounding this irrational disorder . . . and provides prescriptions for action that promise hope and help.
Up to six million Americans are afflicted with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a serious, emotionally crippling disease. Cleaning, counting, washing, checking, avoiding--these are just some of the rituals that sufferers are powerless to stop. Now an expert on OCD reveals breakthroughs in diagnosis, successful new behaviorist therapies, drug treatments, and more.
Part I: The Patients Speak: Parents
1. The Auto Accident That Never Was
2. Rituals and Contaminations: Zach and His Family
Part II: The Patients Speak: Children
3. Paul: Stuck in the Doorway
4. Arnie: The Paper Route
5. Morris: Mr. Clean
Part III: A Doctor's Perspective
6. The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing
7. The Doubting Disease
8. Is OCD a Brain Disease?
9. Unlearning to Understand
10. Anafranil: A Wonder Drug?
11. David's Drug Odyssey
12. How Sweet It Is!
13. The Hidden
14. No Joke
15. The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round
16. My Mind on My Mind
17. Over and Over Again
18. The Secret Life of a Street Person
19. Count Me Out
20. Love Story
21. AIDS: The New Obsession
22. The Hair-Pulling Women
23. Innocent Sinners
24. A Thousand Commitments to God
Part IV: On the Boundaries
25. The Obsessionality of Everyday Life
26. Knock Wood
27. Grooming and Nesting
28. I Can't Get You Out of My Mind
29. Free Will and the Uncertainty of Knowing
Part V: Do You Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
30. Making the Diagnosis
31. What to Do If You Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Epilogue Appendix: The Religious Perspective References and Suggested Reading Index
Posted July 31, 2000
As a person who has had experience with this potentially life-crippling disorder, I found this book to be informative and long overdue. Although published in 1989 and thus somewhat outdated, there have been few non-technical books published since then that have dealt with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in such real and unflinching terms. Dr. Rapoport touches upon everything in her book, from 'checking' to hair-pulling, and along the way gives a thorough description of the many forms this disorder can take. The book consists mostly of personal and second-hand accounts of people living with OCD as well as the accounts of their family members. In providing these accounts and her professional opinions, Dr. Rapoport gives more of an in-depth, realistic picture of what it is like to deal with this disorder than any scientific textbook could create. Along with these accounts the author includes the evidence found in studies done by Rapoport and other scientific groups concerning possible causes, various treatments, and other sources of info about OCD. It should be noted, however, that much more information has been discovered about OCD and additional forms of therapy since the publication of this book. Regardless of its age, The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing is an insightful, accurate book that will provide the reader with a realistic view into the life of an obsessive-compulsive. The personal accounts and vignettes speak loudly and clearly for those obsessive-compulsives who are unable to express what they must go through to make it through each day. If nothing else, this book serves as a way to educate society about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and encourage tolerance of those living with this problem.
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Posted March 17, 2009
You will read it fast. Good explanations of different mental disorders. Good book for those who are interested in understanding the topic but not need to be a proffessional of Psicology.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2009
Posted April 17, 2005
This is the most precious book in the world to an least one of the persons who has been in our OCD support group. For the first time he realized he was not crazy and had a name for what he thought and did. Everyone in the OCD field owns a debt of gratitude to this author and this work. The case histories in the Appendix have always stood out as inspiring studies to new generations of practitioners.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2000
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