Amalia: Growing Up with Tourette Syndrome & OCD

Eleven-year-old Amalia talks about growing up with Tourette syndrome and OCD, her early symptoms, role model (like Billie Eilish!), and her success strategies!

The Cookies

The beautiful illustrations from Billie’s My Future video served as the inspiration for this cookie. Cartoons and digital art make for good models because of their clean lines and blocked colors.

I thought it would be engaging to make cookies of some of the objects of Amalia’s compulsions…I hope eating them was cathartic! She told me she ate exactly one per day. Some of these cookies, like Billie Eilish, Amalia, and the thief, were cut with just a small paring knife in order to get the very specific shape that I wanted.

Tourette Syndrome & OCD

According to the CDC, one in every 360 children have received a diagnosis of Tourette Syndrome. More than 1/3 of those with TS also have obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Thank you Amalia, for sharing your story with us to help raise awareness of the daily struggles of TS and OCD. Your healthy outlook is inspiring, as is your confidence.

The Sweet Speak is a video series that uses cookies to share stories of everyday human amazingness.  Do you have a story that you would like to tell?  Contact me and give me the details!

Happy baking, everyone!

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