Which Mental Illness-Related Books Have You Read?

Which Mental Illness-Related Books Have You Read?

Which mental illness-related books have you read?

“Beautiful Boy” & Mental Illness

“Beautiful Boy” & Mental Illness

*I'm talking about the afterword of the book "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff, so... yes, that would be a spoiler.*     Odd enough, one of the things that will stick with me most from "Beautiful Boy" is a part of the story that isn't even mentioned until the afterword.   Through years of addiction, [...]

A-Z: Acronyms used in Mental Health Field

A-Z: Acronyms used in Mental Health Field

Even though I have been reading and writing about mental health for the past 3 years, I still get confused from time to time with the overwhelming amount of acronyms used in the mental health field (job/degree titles, meds, treatment centers, etc). THERE ARE SO MANY. I decided to make a list of some that [...]

“The Glass Castle”- A Memoir of Abuse & Neglect

“The Glass Castle”- A Memoir of Abuse & Neglect

  I recently finished Jeannette Walls' bestselling memoir The Glass Castle, a book that I've been wanting to get to for a while now. This autobiography captures bits of her childhood, illustrating the hunger and pain of extreme poverty... sleeping in cardboard boxes and constantly escaping bill collectors. The snippets of her life that she [...]

20 Bull$h*t Phrases We “Crazy” People are Sick of…

20 Bull$h*t Phrases We “Crazy” People are Sick of…

At UNC, I took a Rethink Psychiatric Illness training on mental illnesses and how stigma impacts those with mental health conditions. When I went through the training, I honestly didn't see what the big deal was with some of the phrases they stated should be off limits. What... no one should use the terms "crazy" [...]

Bipolar & Schizophrenia Stigma

Bipolar & Schizophrenia Stigma

  "Depression, that's one thing- lot of people have depression, and they're not crazy.   Bipolar, schizophrenia- that's crazy. That's mental illness- the psychos, the nut cases, the incurably insane, the muttering bag ladies and bums, the freaks.   So I take my meds, and don't accept the name for what I have."   -"Madness: [...]

“Madness: A Bipolar Life”

“Madness: A Bipolar Life”

  I'm halfway through "Madness" & I love it.   This memoir captures the complexity of mental illness by looking at the comorbidity with eating disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, and alcoholism (self-medicating). The disorders feed off of each other, making treatment even more tricky. It shows how complicated treatment can be, even when you are [...]