The Boy Who Finally Stopped Washing: OCD from Both Sides of the Couch

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This is the only OCD book written by a recovering OCD sufferer who also happens to be an OCD therapist. The Boy Who Finally Stopped Washing is not only a memoir about one OCD sufferer, but also included are a rich variety of self-help techniques and E/RP treatment utilized by many in the book. E/RP (exposure and response-prevention), the OCD treatment-of-choice, is thoroughly explained and demonstrated in the authors' as well as his clients' struggles. The Boy Who Finally Stopped Washing derives its title and ...

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Overview

This is the only OCD book written by a recovering OCD sufferer who also happens to be an OCD therapist. The Boy Who Finally Stopped Washing is not only a memoir about one OCD sufferer, but also included are a rich variety of self-help techniques and E/RP treatment utilized by many in the book. E/RP (exposure and response-prevention), the OCD treatment-of-choice, is thoroughly explained and demonstrated in the authors' as well as his clients' struggles. The Boy Who Finally Stopped Washing derives its title and starts a troubled boy's story from the best-selling book The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing (9780451172020) by Judith Rapoport, MD. The former book illustrates one man's struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) for more than twenty-five years. He is both a sufferer and a psychotherapist who has primarily treated OCD for over ten years; he elaborates on his views about managing and tolerating his and others' symptoms. By carefully scrutinizing important life events, the author brings OCD to life using humor and profound understanding and insight. An entire section of the book looks at how loved ones have and do observe and respond to difficulties imposed upon the author and his relationships with others. Also included in the book is a history of the author's revelation of his diagnosis and his experiences about how others react to learning his very personal information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979133961
  • Publisher: Cooper Union Press
  • Publication date: 3/21/2008
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 8.39 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

The author, anonymously named John B., is an adult male who is both an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) sufferer and a psychotherapist who treats OCD. He has treated hundreds of OCD sufferers over more than a ten-year period.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Table of Contents
Preface     1
Growing Despite "OCstacles"
The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing     9
OC Despair     17
Sexual Obsessions     21
The Prom Night From Hell     25
Self-Sabotage     33
Finding Me Out     41
Hypersensitivities     45
Shaken,... Shaken, and Stirred     53
Wedding Day     65
Years as a Therapist
Pregnancy     71
Delivery and Beyond     75
Medications     83
Obsessions and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)     89
My Work     101
El Gringo in Puerto Rico     113
Fight or Fright?     117
The Therapist Who Stole Christmas     125
Stigma, Insurance, and Your Mental Health     131
Overresponsibility     141
Mayhem in Mexico     147
Review and Words of Wisdom     153
Impact of OCD on Others
Parents' Views     159
My Wife's Views     165
OCD in my Relationship With Lynn     173
Self-Disclosure and the Reaction of Others     175
Diagnostic Criteria for OCD (DSM-IV)     185
References     187
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    The Boy Who Finally Stopped Washing

    I learned a lot about OCD from this book, and highly recommend it. It is well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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