Favorite Mental Health Memoirs (Book Recommendations)

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Some of my favorite mental health memoirs.

Books Discussed
Wasted by Marya Hornbacher
Madness Marya Hornbacher
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
Marbles by Ellen Forney
The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks
Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. by Rob Delaney
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Willow Weep For Me by Meri Nana-Ama Danquah
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

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Roberta Glacken says:

This is my biographical fiction novella, The Fruitcake Factory: A fictional representation of life with mental illness. It's a book based on what I have experienced in my years of being hospitalized with numerous disorders.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RHJ5CY8

Butch Nighthawk says:

i think oliver sacks is worth checking out

Emmie says:

As someone who's favorite genre of books is Memoirs, and have read a bunch – these are (in my opinion) not (by any means) great memoirs that portray an active depiction of the topics they are on. Madness by Marya Hornbacher is great if you want to read about someones experience with rapid cycle Type I Bipolar Disorder. Dry by Augusten Burroughs, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, Tweak, Running with Monsters all portray about addiction very well — I could go on ….

Michael Esparza says:

A list like this must include "Darkness Visible" by William Styron.

khadija jahan says:

It would've been very helpful if you typed the names of the books in the description box

lilacsc03 says:

A good read about schizophrenia is "Is there no place on earth for me?" by Susan Sheehan. She is a journalist that wrote a series of articles about a schizophrenia patient in and out of the New York Mental Health Institutions. It has stuck with me for several years now.

harleyquinn says:

what you think of the bell jar?

Lins Littlereader says:

Brilliant video, thank you.

Hannah Tay says:

I'd add Susanna Kaysen "Girl,interrupted" Its about Susan's time in  mental hospital when she was 18.

Kathleen Ann says:

I found The Center Cannot Hold fascinating. I always thought that schizophrenic people could not hold down jobs so this memoir really opened my eyes to my ignorance about this mental illness.

Marta Sanders says:

Thanks for this video! I'm going to read some of this books for sure.

Alex Middelveen says:

Have you ever read Mark Vonnegut's mental health memoir "Eden Express"? It was about schizophrenia and I found it to be quite compelling.

Pedro Nascimento says:

awesome video. I'm schizoaffective and also a writer, so these kinds of books really interest me.

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