By Joanne Limburg
For readers of A yr of Magical Thinking through Joan Didion and Bad Blood through Lorna Sage comes an intensely sincere and strangely witty literary memoir of 1 woman's lifestyles as a patient of Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Joanne Limburg is a girl who thinks issues she doesn’t are looking to imagine, and who does issues she doesn’t are looking to do. As a small baby, she might chunk her hair all day and lie conscious at evening considering if heaven had a ceiling; many years later, while she must have been doing her homework, she used to be pacing her bed room, agonizing concerning the unfairness of existence as a lady, and the shortness of her legs. by the point she was once an grownup, obsessive recommendations and compulsive behaviors had come to dominate her lifestyles. She knew that anything was once flawed along with her, however it might take a long time ahead of she understood what that anything was. This memoir follows Limburg’s quest to appreciate her OCD and to control her indicators, taking the reader on a trip via consulting rooms, libraries, and internet sites as she learns approximately rumination, scrupulosity, avoidance, thought-action fusion, fixed-action styles, anal fixations, schemas, basal ganglia, tics, and synapses. in the meantime, she does her most sensible to come back to phrases with an disease which seems to be universal and even—sometimes—treatable. This vividly sincere memoir is a occasionally stunning, frequently funny revelation of what it's prefer to stay with so debilitating a situation. it's also an exploration of the interior international of a poet and an excessive evocation of the endurance and braveness of the human spirit within the face of psychological sickness.
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