Personal Stories Library

  • 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 ...
  • Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief and Small Boats
    Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning: reflections on love, grief, and small boats mirrors the structure of grief itself: nonlinear; highlighting times of confusion, searching, yearning, aching, and love; full of small revelations that prove useful; and ...
  • Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way
    Composed of 13 distinctly powerful stories, Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way is a fascinating read. Each contribution is well-written, well-informed and uniquely insightful. The book does a solid job of placing the ...
  • [A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist
    [A]Musings of a Spiritual Atheist by Andrew J. Ackerman is a book about the author's journey from addiction to recovery.  Ackerman, the self-described hard-line "spiritual atheist," uses the book to offer his experience with 12-step ...
  • I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands: The Other Side of OCD
    A friend of mine has obsessive-compulsive disorder. His OCD doesn’t take over his life, at least not ostensibly. He has some rituals, and occasionally he does things that raise eyebrows, but overall he’s a normal ...
  • 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 ...
  • When Truth Lies: A Journey with Schizophrenia
    The year is 1969, and Kevin has just graduated from high school. His classmates look forward to dates, parties, and college. Not Kevin. He sees Satan bugs crawl in and out of his body. He ...
  • Before The World Intruded: Conquering The Past And Creating The Future
    Michele Rosenthal’s memoir, Before The World Intruded, is the story of her struggle with a life-threatening illness and the trauma it created. Rosenthal shares her battle with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), leading us from her diagnosis ...

 

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