Personal Stories Library

  • 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 ...
  • Confessions of a Worrywart
    While reading Susan Orlins’s poignant memoir, I was reminded continuously of the catchphrase from the late ’60s and early ’70s feminist movement: “The personal is political.” The specifics of Orlins’s life story are hers alone, but ...
  • The Song in You: Finding Your Voice, Redefining Your Life
    “I’ve discovered there’s genuine healing power in sharing your struggles. Accurately identifying what they are and where they came seems to take away their power.” With her book, LaDonna Gatlin does just that. The author is ...
  • Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out
    This is truly a book I wish I’d had years ago. The aptly-titled Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out, by Deborah J. Cornwall, is a welcome resource for those struggling to help the people ...
  • OCD and Isolation
    One of the most heartbreaking aspects of my son Dan’s descent into severe obsessive-compulsive disorder was his progressive ...
  • 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 ...
  • Book Review: Do Over
    Carol Anne Leathers wrote Do Over as an autobiographical story turned fictional. Leathers puts her life into the character Reb, whose story focuses on overcoming childhood abuse and centers around the question, “What would life ...
  • Rescuing Randy: A Family Determined to Rescue Their Son from a Cult
    “It is a very scary thing to send our sons to serve our country and have them fall prey to these vultures.” This was a part of the plea written by Geneva Paulson to two state ...
  • Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter
    One of the quintessential “bad” mommy characters that many are familiar with is Joan Crawford, a.k.a. “Mommy Dearest.” Who can forget that terrifying scene from the movie with the wire hangers? Personally, I do not ...
  • Thirty Days With My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that many soldiers suffer from after serving in a war. We don’t often heard about the children of those soldiers suffering from the same condition. However, growing ...
  • 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 ...
  • Letters to a Young Madman: A Memoir
    “You cannot distract yourself from grief. You cannot dispel it. You cannot conquer it. You can only live through it.” When Paul Gruchow first started putting Letters to a Young Madman together, he wondered how his disjointed ...
  • The Boy on the Lake
    Trevor was a preteen growing up in the breathtaking landscape of McCall, Idaho -- a carefree kid who enjoyed being active and swimming in the local lake. When he became plagued with sharp, debilitating headaches, ...
  • Hopping Roller Coasters
    Stories about mothers and their daughters tend to be sweet. Admittedly, there is usually some sort of tension. Still, whether that is teenage angst or the daughter trying to gain more independence and freedom from ...
  • Movers, Dreamers, and Risk-Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD
    When you have a disability, the world by and large tends to magnify and focus on what is “wrong” with you. Friends of mine who were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in school were constantly ...
  • 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 ...
  • Crochet Saved My Life
    I began crocheting when I was 19. It was the most stressful point in my life. I had just started my first semester of college, had moved to a different state where I knew no ...
  • Saving Each Other: A Mother-Daughter Love Story
    Accessing the best doctors in the world, getting help to create a family foundation, mining alternative fields to solve a mystery illness: these are financial and intellectual opportunities not afforded many people faced with medical ...
  • January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her
    While riding in a car with her father, young Jani Schofield tells her dad, “I don’t want to go to the hospital, but I think I need to.” She is five years old. “Most three-year-olds are ...
  • Good Therapy for OCD
    With the help of the Internet, my son Dan correctly diagnosed himself with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at the age of 17. After his ...
  • Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery
    William Cope Moyers is best known as the author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption, the memoir chronicling his addiction and subsequent recovery. The book quickly became a New York Times bestseller upon ...
  • Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction
    It would have been easy for Sharlene Prinsen to portray herself as a heroic martyr, or else as an innocent, one-dimensional victim. Yet in the memoir that centers on her marriage to a combat veteran ...
  • I Am Not Silent: Our Zoloft and Depression Story
    The intersection of our mental health and criminal justice systems is one that is fraught with complications. Numerous questions arise when a defendant has a history of mental illness. For Gail Schmidkunz, this reality became ...
  • Secretly Debilitated by OCD: Should You Hide It?
    My son Dan suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder so severe he couldn’t even eat. He’d get stuck sitting in one ...
  • Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back
    Loneliness, shame, depression: all of these are a part of the life of someone with an eating disorder. If they are unable to confide in anyone, the names Ana (anorexia) and Mia (bulimia) may quickly ...

 

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