Psychology and mental illness are topics that have always interested me. I’ve always wanted to know why people do the things they do and what mental states have caused them to do those things. It’s a wonder that I never went to school for it since I read a lot of books that are either about mental illness or trying to psychoanalyze their choices. Maybe one day I’ll go back to school again for another degree and study it further. Until then, I prefer to read books about it.
Memoirs about mental illness are especially intriguing to me because the people writing them have either gone through the experience themselves or had a family member suffering through it and to read about it on a personal level rather than a professional looking in on it is always pulls me down the rabbit hole.
With that being said, here are some true stories of mental illness that have found their way onto my to read shelf:
- My lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach
- Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
- Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
- Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher
- Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by 16 Personalities by Flora Rheta Schreiber
- When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase
- Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton by Linda Gray Sexton
- Her by Christa Parravani