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We have many medical accounts of Tourette syndrome, but far too few stories "from the inside," stories of what it is like, what it means, to live with Tourette syndrome, every day and minute of one's life; how others respond to it, and how, finally hopefully, one may come to terms with it. -- Oliver Sacks

About the Author

Adam Ward Seligman is a freelance writer. Her regularly lectures on Tourette syndrome and disability issues. His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Jazziz, Keyboard and other publications. He is the author of the novel Echolalia (Hope Press). (Adam who had severe Tourette syndrome, died in 1999 of unrelated causes). John S. Hilkevich is an educator who is completing graduate studies in Counseling Services. He is a start certified Emergency Medical Technician and Vice President of his of his township's rescue squad. He directs Environmental Experiences, a national-award winning adventure program.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hope Pr; First Edition edition (June 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878267337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878267337
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book gives you a first-hand view to the complexities of this disorder. In reading through these stories, all those things that my child described were relayed in these pages. After reading this book, I finally found someone that described why our situation was so difficult. All those things that the doctors said fell into the "grey-area" were touched upon. "Don't Think About the Monkeys" provides you with the understanding you need to give your child the compassion and empathy he needs. If you're looking for material that will give you some insight -- this is the book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
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I am a parent of a twenty year old with Tourettes Syndrome. This book helped me understand how my son views the world. I just didn't realize the numerous behaviors related to Tourettes. I wish I would of read this book ten years ago. It would of made me a little less critical of some of his behaviors. This book is a must for anyone wanting to understand more about Tourettes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By YVETTE MOHILL on June 27, 2001
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i loved this book. it was just so great. it was one of the best tourette expirnce books.i can realate to the authors because i have a few tics i also havre learing disabiltys so i know what feeling differnt can be like.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
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Informative, helped me understand what the touretter is feeling. (I am the parent). I understood that my son was not alone in some of the ways he feels on and off the medications.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marisa on October 29, 2012
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I was given this book when I was young and first diagnosed--I can tell you, being a very bright child with a tic disorder in an image-obsessed culture like the one I grew up in is NOT fun, and you cling to anything that lets you know you're not crazy. This book helped with that. It let me know that things I had thought only I did or thought were done or thought by other people--I wasn't as bizarre as I thought I was. That was invaluable for me to know. And the different perspectives and stories, and the ways those stories are told, are wonderful to read, reminding us that no two cases of Tourettes are the same and even among fellow Tourettics, we're all unique--just people, not simply "cases". It doesn't go into any butterfly-snowflake-rainbow flakiness, though, and the stories in fact tend more toward those of frustration and angst--the storytellers often have voices of painful isolation and wondering why one can't fit in as hard as one tries.

I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, that is the reality of Tourettes; I've lived it and I know countless others do too. The chapter, "Not Cute, Not Endearing" struck a particular chord with me, as it was something I felt often: why were the kids in my middle and high schools who "adopted" the kids with Down Syndrome or rallied around a boy who was paralyzed in our freshman year the same ones who laughed and whispered at me or tried to trigger my tics for fun? There's a definite double-standard; Tourette's isn't seen as a disability or a medical condition, it's seen as a weirdness.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Dubats on December 1, 2004
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I purchased this book several years ago. Since then, I have had the opportunity to observe several other children-one 19 year old with tourette syndrome. This book is full of a varity of people with different forms of Tourette's. The chldren I have met also have different types of "twitches and tic's". This book shows that the media-or televisions shows that protray Tourette's, are totally overblown. Some people do indeed "twitch" or "vocally" give out annoying sounds. Some are very well controlled in public, but let loose at home. The book is an excellent example of different examples of Tourette's and how to become aware of what you are seeing or hearing. Anyone really interested in the subject - read this book! (:
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