The Boy who Couldn't Stop Washing: The Experience & Treatment of Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

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New American Library, 1989 - Psychology - 262 pages
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All of these people are suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), an emotionally crippling disease that afflicts up to six million Americans. Petty thoughts, pointless rituals - cleaning, counting, avoiding, checking - that sufferers are powerless to stop, repeating them over and over until they have "gotton it right." In this landmark study, a distinguished psychiatrist and expert on OCD recounts the extraordinary experiences of dozens of her patients, many of whom speak in their own words, and explores the successes of new and exciting treatments. By providing guidelines for diagnosis as well as lists of resources and references "The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing" offers new hope for OCD patients ad their families. This important book is for everyone who is fascinated by 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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