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Compulsive Acts Compulsive Acts A Psychiatrist’s Tales of Ritual and Obsession Elias Aboujaoude, MD UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS Berkeley Los Angeles London University of California Press, one of the most distinguished university presses in the United States, enriches lives around the world by advancing scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Its activities are supported by the UC Press Foundation and by philanthropic contributions from individuals and institutions. For more information , visit University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California University of California Press, Ltd. London, England© 2008 by The Regents of the University of California Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Aboujaoude, Elias. Compulsive acts : a psychiatrist’s tales of ritual and obsession / Elias Aboujaoude. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. isbn: 978–0–520–25567–8 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Obsessive-compulsive disorder—Anecdotes. 2. Compulsive behavior—Anecdotes. I. Title. II. Title: Psychiatrist’s tales of ritual and obsession. [DNLM: 1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder— psychology—Personal Narratives. 2. ObsessiveCompulsive Disorder—psychology—Popular Works. 3. Professional-Patient Relations—Personal Narratives. 4. Professional-Patient Relations—Popular Works. WM 176 A155c 2008] RC533.A25 2008 616.85'227—dc22 2007027445 Manufactured in the United States of America 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 The paper used in this publication meets the minimum requirements of ansi/niso z39.48–1992 (r 1997) (Permanence of Paper). For the memory of Danielle T. Kormos ...