Wednesday, April 15, 2009

OCD: A Case Study

Thankfully, most of your students won't come across a client with as severe a case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as Ed's in their careers--but the story of Ed and his therapist will teach them many lessons.

Life in Rewind: The Story of a Young Courageous Man Who Persevered Over OCD and the Harvard Doctor Who Broke All the Rules to Help Him is a remarkable case study of OCD.

It would take Ed up to ten hours to walk across a room. If he heard a car passing or a dog bark--he'd have to go back and start again. His life was lived in the basement of his childhood home in Cape Cod. He couldn't open the door on his small world and walk out.


The perseverance of world-renowned OCD specialist and Harvard professor Michael Jenike broke through the dark prison created by Ed's isolating obsessions. It took a year--a year of long car trips between Boston and Cape Code, a year of waiting at a cellar door for Ed to be ready to trust and to begin healing.

You and your students can meet Ed Zine and Michael A. Jenike, M.D., in this video.

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