good books based on mental illness?
Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. Furiously Happy (can’t remember author’s name but it’s not hard to find. It was awesome, and hilarious.)
Reading now… This Darkness Mine (Mindy McGinnis)
This is a wonderful true story about twin sisters.. one grew up and developed schizophrenia and the other became a psychiatrist… its written by both sisters as they grow up through each of their view points! Such a great but sad true story and well done with pictures of the family… you get to see how real people cope on both sides
Definitely putting this on my tbr list.
@Sara its so unique!
Fiction books – Lisa Jackson’s Fear Nothing. Loved it!
If you count Aspergers’s, The Rosie Projecta and The curious incident of the dog at nighttime.
Asperger’s is a neurodiversity and not a mental illness.
@Jane that’s why I put the caveat. Two brilliant books with protagonists who are differently wired neurologically.
Not what the OP asked for.
Queens of geek Dead house Under rose tainted skies A tragic kind of wonderful What I lost Finding perfect Four weeks, five people Goodbye days Optimists die first
Non-fiction, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Fiction, The Thomas Covenant series
Currently writing one now…
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I have a sample attached so you can get an idea of the voice. It is read by the author. https://youtu.be/DQ7MWv4Ptig
The If Conspiracy
Turtles All The Way Down Fangirl The main characters in both books suffer from anxiety.
The Belljar by Silvia Plath
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb.
One goes over the cocoos nest
Tell Me Your Dreams, Sydney Sheldon
Still Alice, Elizabeth is Missing
The Bell Jar.
Fight Club is a bit of a cliché but is superior modern literature. For non-fiction, Once in a House on Fire (Andrea Ashworth), Mad Pride: a celebration of mad culture (anthology, edited by Curtis, Dellar et al). Also, anything by Anna Kavan.
She’s come and done by Wally Lamb
Tristimania:A diary of Maniac Depression by Jay Griffiths
Silver linings Playbook.. Matthew Quick
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Yellow Wallpaper
That’s a great movie
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden- by Joanne Greenberg, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, The Loony Bin Trip by Kate Millett, The Group by Mary McCarthy, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance- by Robert M. Pirsig, Sybil -by Flora Rheta Schreiber, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest-by Ken Kesey, Ten Days in a Mad-House – by Nellie Bly, Will there really be a morning?: An autobiography -by Frances Farmer …
did you research this topic or just have an encyclopedic knowledge in this arena?
I have only listed a few classics, I did also read psychology at uni, but most of the books I have listed were not required. At uni I had to be more focussed on statistics and maths 😉 Thanks for your interest @Marlene .
I just love reading and have read a lot.
Girl Interrupted, Darkness Visible, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Thats a good list..
All the bright places by Jennifer Niven
His Bright Light-true story Danielle Steel
The Butterfly Ward by Margaret Gibson
Sharp objects by Gillian Flynn
There’s a book by Sidney Sheldon where the heroine had MPD. I’m forgetting the title.
I think it was Pop goes the weasel.
The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
Joanne Greenberg “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”
Depends on the perspective you’re looking for …
Salem falls by Jodi Picoult.
The sea, the sea- Iris Murdoch
Abra- Joan Barfoot.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. .. a must read! Autobiogrphy
One Flew Over the Coocoo’s Nest
i love the movie
If I ever write my autobiography it will qualify…..In my new book Still I Rise: the Persistence of Phenomenal Women there are chapters on Patty Duke and Carrie Fisher who locked horns with the demon of mental instability.
Brain on Fire
Postcards from the Edge – by Carrie Fisher.
I mentioned that in my book-shown above 🙂
Same here, the ones I mentioned were mentioned too, with creative spelling.
I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can – by Barbara L. Gordon
Tell me your dreams, Before I go to sleep.
It would be nice if people added the authors. (if known)
Writings on bathroom walls: Schizophrinea
The prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Franz kafka novels.
Curious incident of the dog in the night time
Autism is not a mental illness 😕
Art of the Deal
Out of the Dark by Linda Caine.. Though written as a gripping suspense book, it is autobiography of a strong woman Linda Caine, who suffers through severe bouts of depression and suicidal tendencies and finally is able to unravel her dark secrets and accept her life.
”Lisa, Bright and Dark” “Shutter Island”,”Girl On The Train”…
I’m Eve by Chris Costner Sizemore. The true story. The entire story.
Mad Girl by Bryon Gordon.
I, Liar. Emma in the Night.
Cmon guys now! The 3 faces of Eve and Sybil. We grew up with these stories plus as already mentioned, The Bell Jar.
Depends. Every person that walks this earth has some form of mental illness. Some have more, some have less, but we all have some.
meaningless. does everybody have a physical illness? In fact…. you really want to get into this, read Szasz’ brilliant book “The Myth of Mental Illness”
Thanks for setting me straight, Linton 😂😂
Just write cancel on the check when it arrives. 😉
A Child called It
I know this much is true – Wally Lamb
Go ask Alice covers a bit of mental illness. But also drugs. One of the only books that shook me to my core.
That book was also debunked years ago, amusing book though.
Dreamweaver by Sable Hunter.
andy warhol was a “great personality”?????
Not in my opinion, but the chapter on his hoarding was interesting. Each chapter covers a different famous person and their mental illness, or what they would have been diagnosed with in current times.
@Linton he was a cynical sob.
with kind of a anti-personality
Anything by Albert Ellis – we create our own misery which means we have the power to change it. I’ve read several of his books and they are amazing. The Courage to Heal is a great book/workbook for concerns with sexual abuse. Boundaries Where You End and I Begin is great for helping establish boundaries. The Power of No. The Power of Now.
No, just no. @Quote …..A more enduring criticism of Ellis’s approach is one of tone: it can sometimes sound as if he is urging people suffering from severe depression, for example, simply to pull their socks up. Furthermore, one early book, which he later vigorously repudiated, accepted the prevailing view that homosexuality was a mental disorder in need of cure.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Girl interrupted. Such a great book
ive only seen the movie, i loved it
I didn’t even know there was a book. The movie was good!
OH GOD! I just read it “good looks based on mental illness” xaxaxa i need full 12 hour sleep. Pet sematary is good i think
Pet Sematary is definitely one man’s journey into madness.
When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase, a memoir by someone suffering by mutliple personality disorder
that book was debunked years ago
Oh, was it? I hadn’t heard that.
“Women and Madness” by Dr Phyllis Chesler.
Black box, cassia Leo Real, Remy, mine, racer by Katy Evans. These are all about bipolar. Without merit by colleen hoover is about depression
That’s all I can think of atm
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Prozac Nation. Cut The Bhudda and The Borderline
Awakenings, the story of Oliver Sachs’ work with Encephalitis patients.
The bell jar, crime and punishment. Both show a slow descent into it
Turtles All the way Down by John Green
reasons to stay alive
Under rose tainted skies
A list of cages
Veronica Decides to Die.
A world without you Beth Revis
We Need to Talk About Kevin (I haven’t read it yet but I’ve heard rave reviews).
Love In The Asylum
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