The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

by Judith L. Rapoport
     
 

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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

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    Overview

  • 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.

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    Editorial Reviews

    Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disease that afflicts approximately four million Americans with a need to perform complex, pointless rituals, or to be completely preoccupied with petty thoughts. ``Casebook, shocking report and support tool all in one, this excellent volume is highly readable and free of jargon,'' reported PW . (Jan.)

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781101153987
    Publisher:
    Penguin Publishing Group
    Publication date:
    12/03/1991
    Sold by:
    Penguin Group
    Format:
    NOOK Book
    Pages:
    304
    Sales rank:
    596,659
    File size:
    471 KB
    Age Range:
    18 Years

    Meet the Author

    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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