No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers takes a look at the state of mental healthcare in America vis-à-vis his family’s experience with mental illness. While some of the information (because it’s not just a memoir) such as the history of abuse in mental… Read More “No One Cares About Crazy People” by Ron Powers
Zack McDermott chronicles his psychotic/manic and depressive episodes in Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love. The author, a public defender, takes readers through his psychosis. It’s the raw, hard, truth of his experience and is difficult to read because, being bipolar myself, I could relate. He describes his various… Read More “Gorilla and the Bird” by Zack McDermott
I became interested in reading Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One., by TV meteorologist, Ginger Zee, because the media was saying that she was opening up about her mental illness (depression) in the book. Now, it’s not bad, but there’s only one chapter out of 20 or so, that addresses her depression, and… Read More “Natural Disaster” by Ginger Zee
NOTE: This isn’t a book review. Just my thoughts. ☺️ The full title for this book is Mental: Love, Lithium, and Losing My Mind. The author, a journalist, writes about her experience with bipolar from the time she was 16. The book opens with her going through a manic episode as a teenager. As such,… Read More “Mental” by Jaime Lowe
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In Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, Johann Hari takes a stand against the idea of biological causation of depression and anxiety. I expected going in that this book would annoy me, but at times it was just plain ridiculousness. To start…
A friend of mine recommended that I read Hemingway’s Brain by forensic psychiatrist, Andrew Farah, because he was concerned about whether or not I needed so much ECT, and wondered if my memory problems were due to a different diagnosis instead of bipolar II, partly because I was a goaltender, who stopped the puck with… Read More Hemingway Wasn’t Bipolar?!
Speaking of stigma, last summer I read a book (this isn’t a review) called Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness by Stephen P. Hinshaw. It was the first book I’d ever read about the stigma towards mental illness, and is told through the author’s family experience. Hinshaw’s… Read More “Another Kind of Madness” by Stephen P. Hinshaw