Personal Stories Library

  • Back from the Brink: True Stories & Practical Help for Overcoming Depression & Bipolar Disorder
    “We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — ...
  • Melancholy, Mania & Miracles: My Journey With Bipolar Disorder
    I picked up this book because I have bipolar disorder and I wondered how similar or different her story is to mine. Shortly after the book came in the mail, I had surgery and my ...
  • From Psychic to Psychotic and Beyond: A True Story About My Bipolar Disorder
    After being admitted to hospital in 2010, following a long period of severe psychosis, Kerry Ann Jacobs was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her book, From Psychic to Psychotic and Beyond, is the compelling story of how ...
  • How to Talk to Crazy People
    Many different types of people, for many different reasons, read memoirs about mental illness. Some may be suffering from an illness themselves and are looking for guidance or inspiration. Some may have questions as a ...
  • Reboot: A Novel of Bipolar Disorder
    After my girlfriend, whom we will call Elle, had her first full-blown manic episode, I began to read several books on bipolar disorder. These included books on medications and the use of ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), which Elle received ...
  • A Hidden Madness
    Memoirs of mental illness have crowded the literary landscape for the past two decades, and many have veered toward the sensationalistic in an attempt to stand out from the pack. James T.R. Jones’s A Hidden ...
  • Through the Unknowable: Family Life with Depression, Alcohol, and Love
    Self-help books about how to cope with loss or trauma typically tend to fall into one of two simple categories: those which are written by professionals, and those which aren’t. The former tend to be ...
  • White Elephants
    As I cried, I wanted to believe it was the alcohol that induced Mom’s words.  I had to believe it was the alcohol.  I don’t want them.  The words rang in my ears.  That’s the ...
  • How Family and Friends Can Aid Mental Health Recovery
    Recovering from mental illness is terrifying and exhausting, both for the person diagnosed and those who ...
  • Loud In The House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl
    I found "Loud In The House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl" by Stacy Pershall to be a superbly written, first-person account of a young girl's struggle with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar ...
  • From Suicidal To Being in Awe of Life
    I’m 28 years old and for the last four years I haven’t had one suicidal thought or intention because ...
  • The Boy from Bothell: Bipolar Vietnam Veteran
    Gene Olson’s The Boy from Bothell: Bipolar Vietnam Veteran gives a memoir of his life, his difficulties with bipolar disorder and his fight for sanity.  As Olson notes, bipolar disorder was first described at the ...
  • Runaway Mind: My Own Race with Bipolar Disorder
    Runaway Mind by Maggie Reese was a thoroughly enjoyable, engaging and educational book filled with firsthand accounts of what life can be like with bipolar disorder.  Maggie invites us into her life during this very ...
  • Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness
    Before beginning a review of Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness, this reviewer feels that it is necessary to disclose that it is the very first graphic novel she has ever read.  Keeping ...
  • The Naked Bird Watcher, The Snow Globe Journals, and To Walk on Eggshells
    Bipolar disorder is an isolating disease that is difficult to describe and almost impossible to understand from the outside. Its relentless ups and downs create a crushing defeat in the lives of both sufferers and ...
  • My Trip to the ER: Attention Must Be Paid
    I'm a psych patient. My primary diagnosis is bipolar II, but there’s a little anxiety, PTSD and other stuff ...
  • Approaching Neverland: A Memoir of Epic Tragedy & Happily Ever After
    In the 1960s, when author Peggy Kennedy grew up, mental illness was a family secret. It was whispered about, handed off to hospitals, restrained, subjected to electroshock therapy and slews of sedatives and sent back ...
  • Scattershot: My Bipolar Family
    It was back in the '50s. One day my friend's mother just disappeared. That Sunday as they gathered in the church parking lot, the other mothers whispered. My friend stood next to me and cried. ...
  • Hiding Behind the Pulpit with Bipolar Disorder
    I have an illness that affects nearly 1 out of every 17 Americans, and affects 1 out of every 5 families. This disease is chronic in nature, and can only be controlled, not cured. It ...
  • Living with Schizoaffective Disorder, Part 3
    If You Think You're Mentally Ill If you feel you may be suffering from a mental illness, or could be in danger of doing so, I urge you in the strongest terms to seek the advice ...
  • Living with Schizoaffective Disorder, Part 2
    The Heebee-Jeebies Be careful when you wrestle with monsters, lest you thereby become one. For, if you stare long enough into the abyss, the abyss also stares into you. -- Friedrich Nietszche Now I ...
  • Living with Schizoaffective Disorder
    Being schizoaffective is like having manic depression and schizophrenia at the same time. It has a quality all its own though which is harder to pin down. Manic depression is characterized by a cycle of ...
  • Denied for Being Myself: An Attempt To Be Hospitalized
    Within my most powerful episodes of depression, I would awake each morning, shower, apply makeup, and attempt to create a fabulous outfit. My worst appearance offense during these periods would be to go out ...
  • Living with Bipolar Disorder
    Dave, a 68-year-old Texan, has battled bipolar disorder for more than two decades. He raised a family and owned a successful business. He is now retired and spends his time reaching out to others with ...
  • Being Teased and Taunted
    I grew up mostly in Alexandria, Minn., but moved to Ada in the 6th grade. When I was young I was a very emotional child. I was put into a special class, even thought I ...

 

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