The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing by JudithL. Rapoport
The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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One boy spends six hours a day washing himself—and still can't believe he will ever be cleanAnother sufferer must check her stove hundreds of times daily to make sure she has turned it offAnd one woman, in an effort to ensure that her eyebrows are symmetrical, finally plucks out every hairAll 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.


 

About JudithL. Rapoport

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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.
 
Published December 3, 1991 by Signet. 308 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a widespread psychiatric disease yet one virtually unknown to the public, according to Rapoport, a child psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health.

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