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Passing for Normal A Memoir of Compulsion ➜ [KINDLE] ❆ Passing for Normal A Memoir of Compulsion By Amy S. Wilensky ➦ – A gripping memoir of a young girl’s struggle with Tourette’s syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder It began the summer Amy was eight years old A pretty high achieving young girl she watched i A gripping memoir of a young girl’s struggle Normal A PDF/EPUB Ã with Tourette’s syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder It began the summer Amy was eight years old A pretty high achieving young girl she watched in horror as her body began to twitch Passing for PDF/EPUB ² and jerk Soon these explosive tics were joined by baffling rituals that dominated her life Amy’s fears and compulsions ranged from terror of odd numbers to love of multiples of six; from denying herself water to stockpiling rotting food from obsessively for Normal A PDF ↠ needing to touch wood to for Normal A Memoir of MOBI :º balancing on the edge of subway platforms Constantly trying to “pass for normal” her increasingly bizarre behaviour isolated her from friends and drove her family to distraction Everyday events become torture Unable to function normally in for Normal A Memoir of MOBI :º the outside world Amy become a virtual recluseBy turns tragic and comic Passing for Normal is compelling memoir of a young woman’s struggle to come terms with a life plagued with irrational behaviour and how she survived a childhood devastated by one of the most misunderstood medical conditions “Affecting gripping no matter what form the reader’s own struggles for acceptance may have taken there’s a heartbreaking poignancy in Wilensky’s story” ELLE.

10 thoughts on “Passing for Normal A Memoir of Compulsion

  1. Darlene Darlene says:

    This memoirPassing for Normal written by Amy Wilensky is a very thorough description of what life is like for a person living with Tourettes Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Ms Wilensky begins her memoir with helpful definitions of both Tourettes Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD She defines Tourettes as a neurobiological based medical condition characterized by involuntary movements and involuntary sounds She defines OCD as a lifelong condition identified by two groups of symptoms obsessions and compulsions irrepressible need for symmetry and order; hoarding and saving; repetitive rituals; nonsensical doubtsAfter providing a good working definition of these disorders she begins to talk about her personal story and how the disorders have affected her ability to function as a 'normal' person Ms Wilensky describes first noticing that there was something different about her in a ballet class when she was 8 years old She noticed that she was repeatedly contracting a muscle in her neck which caused her head to jerk to the right or to the left sometimes this 'tic' would occur multiple times in a row At first nobody seemed to notice but Amy but eventually another student in the class pointed it out and not in the kindest manner causing Ms Wilensky to become very self conscious and embarrassed and with this discomfort and stress she experienced the 'tic' became even pronounced and noticeable Ms Wilensky relates experiences dating back from her early childhood through adolescence and into her early adulthood the development of new 'tics' and compulsions including rotating her shoulder blades as if she were trying to allow them to meet in the middle of her back; biting her cuticles until they bled; snapping her jaw until it cracked and she even began hoarding food in her dorm room in her first year as a college freshman at Vassar College until mice began taking up residence in her dorm room closet Ms Wilensky's story was not just about her ever growing number of 'tics' and compulsions She also talked about just how difficult it was for her to function from a very early age She realized that by observing the reactions of people around her including her father and sister that she was behaving in a way which caused people to stare and in the cases of her father and sister to openly taunt her with expressions of disgust on their faces Her mother took her to the family pediatrician who concluded that she had developed a nervous 'twitch' and his advice to her was to try to find ways to ease the stresses in her life which would lessen the freuency and severity of the 'twitches' Ultimately Ms Wilensky began attending group therapy with a friend Bryant who was also dealing with similar problems She relates that she had not actually become aware of her mental illness until she was 24 years old She had heard about Tourettes Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but had never made the connection between those illnesses and what she had been dealing with in her life Until she was a young adult she could only conclude that her 'tics' were mistakes she was making and that they were evidence of a weakness or a lack of control on her partAlthough Ms Wilensky was from a privileged background and perhaps that background sheltered her from some of the horrendous experiences that others from less well to do backgrounds suffered it was obvious to me that she had perhaps unnecessarily spent her life expending huge amounts of energy trying to 'pass' for normal What seemed astonishing to me was that despite her family's great resources they could not seem to find the wherewithal to really discover what was wrong with her It astounded me made me angry and it aroused great sympathy for her and her struggles It was also obvious by reading about her family background that her father seemed to be struggling with some obsessive compulsive behaviors of his own; perhaps it was his denial of his own problems which kept him in denial about his daughter's problems Ms Wilensky's mother was a bit sympathetic to me but she also seemed to spend a great deal of her daughter's life denying there was a problemBy the time Ms Wilensky started attending group therapy she was taking medication Prozac and Haldol She was functioning better not uite so self conscious and with a greater understanding of her illness and no longer fearing her reaction to be touched by other human beings I wish she had spent a little time in her story talking about the important relationships in her life and how she worked things out to the point that these relationships were not uite so impossible I think that would have been inspiring and beneficial to others in similar circumstances Of course I certainly understand that revealing information THAT personal may not have been possible or comfortable for her All in all this memoir was a very realistic portrayal of a person coping with a mental disorder or in Ms Wilensky's case TWO disorders Her story was hopeful and I believe it will inspire hope in others dealing with their own struggles with mental illness

  2. Claire Claire says:

    This is the first book I’ve read where I felt an extremely strong sense of déjà vu like I was reading a memoir about my own life It is honestly the best book I’ve encountered that explains what it is like to have Tourette's Syndrome with the added bonus that it is from the point of view of a woman take a look at the gender distribution of authors who have written about TS and you’ll see what I mean The descriptions are nuanced and debunk standard stereotypes for example only about 10% of people with TS have coprolalia or tics that involve saying taboo words Wilensky does not limit herself to describing tics but also sketches out some lesser known symptoms — repetitive thinking in loops the loss of certain kinds of impulse control for example impulses to spontaneously brush against “do not touch” signs not to mention comorbid disorders like OCD There are many peculiarities about TS that in my opinion make it a fascinating disorder For example my tics go away completely when I play music I have also heard the disorder can be connected to sensory sensitivity which is borne out in my own experience Obviously the exact way TS manifests is very personal but I was extremely moved to see Wilensky describe certain symptoms I have experienced that I have literally not seen described in any other bookI would love to see books about TS especially ones written by diverse authors with less privilege along other axes In the meantime the memoir by Wilensky is a great place to start to learn about this uirky disorder

  3. Barbara Barbara says:

    I loved this bookwhat a courageous story of a woman learning to live life with disabilities that would sideline most people

  4. Amy Amy says:

    If you're at all interested in OCD or Tourette's the real thing not what tv shows it to be for ratings please read this book It was a very good read for myself since my husband has Tourette's and a less mild form of OCD than the author It was interesting for me to see the similarities in how long it took to get a diagnosis how long to consider treatment what options were etc Very interesting and moving read For me it was probably much of a clinical rather than emotional read though I could see that if you've never seen these first hand it could be pretty moving

  5. Emily Emily says:

    This was an amazing non fiction piece by someone who lives with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder The reason I chose to read it was because I wanted to read about a female's experience living with OCD It turns out that the parallels are amazing between the writer and myself It was encouraging to read that I'm not the only one I know who obsesses over the silliest things or has to do one thing over and over until I am satisfied with it I highly recommend this book to anyone who has Tourette's by itself or OCD by itself

  6. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    I chose this book because I am in the same boat I also have TS and OCD and some other fun stuff thrown in the mix So I'm glad somebody wrote this book Sometimes I related to her; sometimes I didn't That's life I love it that she put herself out there It's something that's not easy to describe

  7. Joette Joette says:

    Tells what it's like to live with Tourettes Funny and thoughtful

  8. Susan Bazzett-Griffith Susan Bazzett-Griffith says:

    A well written memoir about a woman coming to terms with a dual diagnosis of both Tourette Syndrome and OCD as she details their early presence in her life and the frustration and worry these undiagnosed conditions caused her throughout her life from about the age of 11 Passing for Normal is a solid story of gradual self acceptance Amy Wilensky details her late childhood and adolescence a time awkward enough on its own but particularly difficult when your body is even out of control with tics and compulsions and how these uncontrollable behaviors affected her relationships with family and friends A good memoir and an important voice for females to have representation in a book about Tourettes 4 stars

  9. Chana Chana says:

    A bright young girl grows up with OCD and Tourettes before these diagnoses were well known Her pediatrician diagnoses her with nervous energy and this stands until she is in her early twenties and pursues a diagnoses as an adult

  10. Jen Jen says:

    Aa someone with OCD I really appreciated Amy's realistic recounting of her obsessions and compulsions

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