The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorderby Judith L. Rapoport, Rapaport
Up to six million Americans suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Petty thoughts and pointless rituals that sufferers are powerless to stop, repeating them over and over until they feel as though they've "gotten it right." In this landmark study, eminent psychiatrist Judith L. Rapoport recounts the extraordinary experiences of dozens of her patients and discusses new and existing treatments. Also included are guidelines for diagnosis as well as resources and references. This important book is for everyone who is fascinated with the workings of the human mind.
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Dr. Judith L. Rapoport is Chief of the child Psychiatry Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Mediacl School, she has been the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service and the Ittleson Prize in Child Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association. She lives with her family in Washington D.C.
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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 Although published in 1989 and thus somewhat outdated, there have been few non-technical books published since then that have dealt with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in such real and unflinching terms.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.
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.
I enjoyed most of the stories of the individuals with OCD but I think the book should be revised to give recent examples and ways to cope with the disorder.
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.
i had to read a book that was related to non-fiction science. i found this book and it gave me more then enough info to actually understand OCD.