Passing for Normal A Memoir of Compulsion

ISBN-10: 076790186X

ISBN-13: 9780767901864

Edition: N/A

Authors: Amy S. Wilensky
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Description: I am crazy. But maybe I am not.  For most of her life, these thoughts plagued Amy Wilensky as her mind lurched and veered in ways she didn't understand and her body did things she couldn't control. While she excelled in school and led an otherwise "normal" life, she worried that beneath the surface she was a freak, that there was something irrevocably wrong with her.  Passing for Normal is Wilensky's emotionally charged account of her lifelong struggle with the often misunderstood disorders Tourette's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  A powerful witness to her own dysfunction, Wilensky describes the strain it bore on her relationships with the people she thought she knew best: her family, her friends, and herself.  Confronting the labels we apply to ourselves and others--compulsive, crazy, out of control--Amy describes her symptoms, diagnosis, and her treatment with courage and a healthy dose of humor, gradually coming to terms with the absurdities of a life beset by irrational behavior.  This compelling narrative, by turns tragic and comic, broadly extends our understanding of the won-drously complex human mind, and, with subtlety and grace, challenges our notion of what it is to be "normal."

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Book details

List price: $13.95
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 7/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Prologue
Shades of Groucho
Bodies in Motion Stay in Motion
Passing for Normal
The Body/Mind Connection, or Lack Thereof
The Worse Before the Better
Seismic Shifts
And Then There Were Two
Coming to Terms
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Afterword
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