The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing

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Dec 03, 1991 | 304 Pages

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“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.”
Chicago Tribune

“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

Table Of Contents


Part I: The Patients Speak: Parents
1. The Auto Accident That Never Was
2. Rituals and Contaminations: Zach and His Family

Part II: The Patients Speak: Children
3. Paul: Stuck in the Doorway
4. Arnie: The Paper Route
5. Morris: Mr. Clean

Part III: A Doctor’s Perspective
6. The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing
7. The Doubting Disease
8. Is OCD a Brain Disease?
9. Unlearning to Understand
10. Anafranil: A Wonder Drug?
11. David’s Drug Odyssey
12. How Sweet It Is!
13. The Hidden
14. No Joke
15. The Music Goes ‘Round and ‘Round
16. My Mind on My Mind
17. Over and Over Again
18. The Secret Life of a Street Person
19. Count Me Out
20. Love Story
21. AIDS: The New Obsession
22. The Hair-Pulling Women
23. Innocent Sinners
24. A Thousand Commitments to God

Part IV: On the Boundaries
25. The Obsessionality of Everyday Life
26. Knock Wood
27. Grooming and Nesting
28. I Can’t Get You Out of My Mind
29. Free Will and the Uncertainty of Knowing

Part V: Do You Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
30. Making the Diagnosis
31. What to Do If You Have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Appendix: The Religious Perspective
References and Suggested Reading

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