Passing for Normal - a Memoir of Compulsion
You'll find Passing for Normal in the psychology section of your local bookshop. Really, it shouldn't be there. Perhaps there is no specific category into which this book fits comfortably, being relevant to both clinicians as well those who fancy a damn good read.
Amy Wilensky tells of her battles with the neurological disorder Tourette's syn. drome and how they shaped her childhood and adolescence. During this time they were dismissed as “too much nervous energy.” She goes on to tell us how she dealt with her condition and later the development of obsessive compulsive disorder. She describes the events with honesty and simplicity. She tried to lead a normal life while being hampered enormously by her physical and mental tics. Combined with her near pathological penchant for hoarding, her story is genuinely engrossing.
The condition seems like a shopping trolley of thoughts, constantly needing to be filled yet impossible