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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.
|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|
|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|
|21||Aids: The New Obsession||146|
|22||The Hair-Pulling Women||149|
|24||A Thousand Commitments to God||159|
|Part IV||On the Boundaries|
|25||The Obsessionality of Everday Life||177|
|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|
|Appendix||The Religious Perspective||237|
|References and Suggested Reading||247|
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 Although published in 1989 and thus somewhat outdated, there have been few non-technical books published since then that have dealt with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in such real and unflinching terms.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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