The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
ISBN 10: 0451172027
ISBN 13: 978-0451172020
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, checkingthese 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.
"Deeply moving and impressive."
—Oliver Sacks, M.D., author of Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
"Offers help to millions who suffer in silence."
"First-rate meticulous clinical observation and state-of-the-art laboratory studies illuminate an important human problem."
—Leon Eisenberg, M.D., Harvard Medical School
"This book, with its information and lively writing, and informed by the author's obvious compassion for her patients, makes an important contribution to understanding an intriguing and irrational illness."
—The New York Times Book Review
About 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.