Personal Stories Library

  • 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 ...
  • Breath in the Dark: A Childhood Lost
    When I was 6 years old, my favorite pastime was playing with dolls or playing dress-up. I can remember spending hours in my “princess” dress, dancing around the living room while my mother stood by ...
  • Blind Devotion: Survival on the Front Lines of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction
    Blind Devotion is the bold firsthand account of Sharlene Prinsen’s relationship with her husband Sean; a combat veteran who served in Bosnia and has suffered from depression, addiction, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since ...
  • 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 ...
  • My Journey to Loving Myself Following Sexual Abuse
    Historically any article with “self-love” in it has given rise to a ...
  • Companion to an Untold Story
    Marcia Aldrich’s Companion to an Untold Story is the author’s attempt to make sense of her close friend’s suicide. In the time leading up to the unfortunate event, Aldrich’s friend Joel hatched a plan to ...
  • Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost Your Brain Power!
    "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Boost Your Brain Power! You Can Improve and Energize Your Brain at Any Age" is an empowering collection of stories on how anyone, at any age, can enhance their brain ...
  • Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and Finally Let the Sunshine In
    In Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In, Todd Patkin takes us through his life, outlining the troubles, as well as fortunes, he has had along the way. Throughout ...
  • Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety
    Daniel Smith describes himself as anxiety personified in his absorbing and humorous memoir Monkey Mind. Smith was anxious from birth. Anxiety lurked in his genes. Both his mother and father suffered from severe anxiety: His ...
  • 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 ...

 

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