By Joanne Limburg
For readers of A 12 months of Magical Thinking by way of Joan Didion and Bad Blood through Lorna Sage comes an intensely sincere and unusually witty literary memoir of 1 woman's existence 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 bite her hair all day and lie wide awake at evening pondering if heaven had a ceiling; many years later, whilst she must have been doing her homework, she was once pacing her bed room, agonizing concerning the unfairness of lifestyles as a girl, and the shortness of her legs. by the point she used to be an grownup, obsessive techniques and compulsive behaviors had come to dominate her existence. She knew that anything used to be fallacious together with her, however it might take a long time sooner than she understood what that whatever was. This memoir follows Limburg’s quest to appreciate her OCD and to regulate 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 top to return to phrases with an ailment which seems to be universal and even—sometimes—treatable. This vividly sincere memoir is a occasionally stunning, frequently funny revelation of what it's wish to dwell with so debilitating a . it's also an exploration of the interior global of a poet and an excessive evocation of the patience and braveness of the human spirit within the face of psychological sickness.
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The Woman Who Thought too Much: A Memoir by Joanne Limburg