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You’re Not Alone: Moving Memoirs About Anxiety and Depression
I began studying writing by reading about the craft, taking writing classes, joining writing groups and sitting my butt in my chair every day to write, and edit, and edit some more. But the best lessons came from spellbinding memoirists, master storytellers skillful in painting literary pictures. Their prose transported me into their worlds of mental illness and addiction. As they peeled back their layers to reveal universal truths, their narratives helped me understand my own story. The following list of fourteen insightful memoirs inspired and guided me, opening my mind and my heart to sympathize with the intensity of being on the inside of mental illness and addiction, helping me to find compassion. The writing was a gift, allowing me a deeper understanding of despair from insanity and addiction.
Mental health memoirs offer an eye-opening look at the lives of the mentally ill and those around them. These accounts can be harrowing, but almost always offer comfort and education. Memoirs of mental health and addiction can also fill in the gaps of knowledge that those on the outside need to relate to those struggling with mental illness and addiction. This list of the 50 best mental health and addiction memoirs encompasses a wide scope of diagnoses, functionality, and experiences as diverse as the spectrum of mental illness. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper. Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. What happened?
Historically speaking, society has always had a difficult time equating mental illnesses with the same sincerity physical illnesses foster. Stigmatizing mental health only harms our society more; insinuating that there is something to be ashamed or embarrassed of only prevents people from seeking the help they need. If you or someone you know is struggling, here are hotlines that solely exist to support you. This was for twenty years before doctors told her it was destroying her kidneys and forced her to choose between functioning kidneys, or the little pink pills that saved her life. Everything around me came into question: What was real, what was imaginary? What was genuine feeling and what was the disorder? Who was I in relationship to the disease?
Favorite Mental Health Memoirs
There are a few niche book categories that will never fail to get my attention: nonfiction about North Korea, dystopian novels for adults, and memoirs of mental illness. Because I don't think any of us reads this last category enough, I have picked out nine memoirs of women with mental illness that you should put on your TBR, A. Nearly 20 percent of all adults in the U. That's not a rhetorical question; I'm genuinely curious. I live with my mental and chronic illnesses every day, but they can still be difficult to talk about, even to other people who have the same diagnoses as me.