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

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

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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.


The first book to bring OCD to public attention tells the stories of those who are afflicted, often in their own words, and describes the successes doctors and patients have had with both experimental and existing treatments.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101153987
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/3/1991
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 332,516
  • File size: 460 KB

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
Part I The Patients Speak: Parents
1 The Auto Accident That Never was 21
2 Rituals and Contaminations: Zach and His Family 43
Part II The Patients Speak: Children
3 Paul: Stuck in the Doorway 67
4 Arnie: The Paper Route 72
5 Morris: Mr. Clean 75
Part III A Doctor's Perspective
6 The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing 82
7 The Doubting Disease 87
8 Is Ocd A Brain Disease? 89
9 Unlearning to Understand 97
10 Anafranil: A Wonder Drug? 102
11 David's Drug Odyssey 105
12 How Sweet it is! 108
13 The Hidden 110
14 No Joke 115
15 The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round 119
16 My Mind on My Mind 124
17 Over and Over Again 129
18 The Secret Life of A Street Person 132
19 Count Me Out 137
20 Love Story 142
21 Aids: The New Obsession 146
22 The Hair-Pulling Women 149
23 Innocent Sinners 154
24 A Thousand Commitments to God 159
Part IV On the Boundaries
25 The Obsessionality of Everday Life 177
26 Knock Wood 185
27 Grooming and Nesting 187
28 I Can't Get You Out of My Mind 200
29 Free Will and the Uncertainty of Knowing 207
Part V Do You Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
30 Making the Diagnosis 223
31 What to do if You Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 228
Epilogue 235
Appendix The Religious Perspective 237
References and Suggested Reading 247
Index 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing - an educational and thought-provoking read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2009

    Inreresting book.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Interesting stories

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    This Is One of the Classics

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2000

    My Review

    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.

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