I’ve read a lot of books in the clinical/abnormal psych genre the past few years. A LOT.
Some of these are memoirs.
Some are textbook-style books.
Some are therapy books or workbooks.
Some are even works of fiction starring main characters with mental illness.
To take a look at books I’ve read, I started to created a list! Check it out!
An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison (memoir)
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison
Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character by Kay Redfield Jamison (biography)
Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher (memoir)
Manic: A Memoir by Terri Cheney (memoir)
A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-depressive Illness by Patty Duke & Gloria Hochman (memoir)
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney (memoir)
Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life by Ellen Forney
Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love by Zach McDermott (memoir)
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward: A Memoir by Mark Lukach (memoir)
Birth of a New Brain: Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder by Dyane Harwood (memoir)
This Fragile Life: A Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son by Charlotte Pierce-Baker (memoir)
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder: Using DBT to Regain Control of Your Emotions and Your Life by Sheri Van Dijk
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Bipolar Disorder by Monica Basco & A. John Rush
Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder by International Bipolar Foundation
Bipolar, Not so Much: Understanding your Mood Swings and Depression by Chris Aiken, MD & James Phelps, MD
Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (Fiction)
Rx by Rachel Lindsay (Comic book style memoir)
The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers by Wes Burgess, MD, PhD
Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness by Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD (memoir with focus on growing up with father with mental illness)
Understanding Bipolar Disorder: The Essential Family Guide (Tools to Thrive Together) by Aimee Daramus, PsyD
Currently reading/On My Reading List:
Bipolar 101: A Practical Guide to Identifying Triggers, Managing Medications, Coping with Symptoms & More by Ruth White & John Preston
Mental: Lithium, Love & Losing My Mind by Jaime Lowe
Prozac Monologues: A Voice from the Edge by Willa Goodfellow
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson (memoir)
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety by Sarah Wilson (memoir)
The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam (memoir)
Turtles all the Way Down by John Green (YA Fiction)
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon
Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and then you Live by Kevin Breel (memoir)
The Hilarious World of Depression by John Moe (also mentions suicidality, anxiety, and OCD tendencies)
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened by Allie Brosh (graphic memoir)
Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh (graphic memoir)
Know My Name by Chanel Miller (memoir)
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky (YA Fiction)
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD
Why Women are Blamed for Everything: Exploring Victim Blaming of Women Subjected to Violence and Trauma by Dr Jessica Taylor
What Happened to You? Conversation on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. & Oprah Winfrey
Body Positive Power: Because Life is Already Happening and You Don’t Need Flat Abs to Live It by Megan Crabbe (memoir)
Blossoms and Bones: Drawing a Life Back Together by Kim Krans (graphic memoir)
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (memoir)
Night Falls Fast by Kay Redfield Jamison
Suicidal: Why we Kill Ourselves by Jesse Bering
Why People Die by Suicide by Thomas Joiner
Myths About Suicide by Thomas Joiner
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (semi-autobiographical novel)
Currently reading/On My Reading List:
I’m Fine: A Student’s Perspective on Suicide and Mental Health on College Campuses by Emily Kumpf
The Suicidal Thoughts Workbook: CBT Skills to Reduce Emotional Pain, Increase Hope, and Prevent Suicide by Kathryn Hope Gordon, Ph.D.
Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (YA Fiction)
Borderline Personality Disorder:
Coping with BPD: DBT and CBT Skills to Soothe the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder by Blaise Aguirre MD & Gillian Galen, PsyD
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Building a Life Worth Living by Marsha M. Linehan (memoir)
Schizophrenia & Schizoaffective Disorder:
The Center Cannot Hold : My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks (memoir)
Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness by Clem Martini & Olivier Martini (graphic memoir)
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Wang (memoir)
How to be Happy or at Least Less Sad: A Creative Workbook by Lee Crutchley
Letters to a Young Therapist by Mary Pipher
The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists & Their Patients by Irvin D. Yalom, MD
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb (memoir from therapist)
Group by Christie Tate (memoir from group therapy patient perspective)
The *More or Less* Definitive Guide to Self-Care by Anna Borges
Textbooks I’ve looked into:
Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications by Stephen M. Stahl (I’ve read certain parts… I really like Chapter 6 on Mood Disorders with how it creates visual illustrations of various types of bipolar disorder.) I see the Prescriber’s Guide version of this in pretty much every psychiatry office.
Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression by Kay Redfield Jamison & Frederick Goodwin (Textbook with 2 volumes)
Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology by Michael Sayette & John Norcross
Today in School Psychology: This is Why a Day without Direct Contact with Students is Wasted by Charles Barrett PhD
It’s Always About the Children by Charles Barrett PhD
The Thriving School Psychologist: 4 Steps to Better Time Management, Lower Stress, and More Impact in Your School Community – Beyond Testing by Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D.
How many of these have you read? Are there any suggestions you have for what should be on my list to read next?