We are always looking for great books about mental illness. Check out the following list of our favorites at your local library, or click on the title for a link to Amazon.com for ordering information.
More than a decade after its initial publication, this book remains high on the list of books to read about bipolar disorder as the author was one of the first to describe the disease from the perspective of the ill person. Its continued popularity indicts the interest in understanding the world of bipolar disorder by both the people afflicted with the disease and those who love them.
Michael Greenberg details his daughter’s struggle with bipolar disorder and his efforts to help her.
Reversible Skirt recounts the heartrending decade after one young mother’s suicide, as seen through the eyes of her youngest child, Laura, who was a toddler at the time of the tragedy. It also reveals what Laura and her sisters discovered that led them out of darkness and into productive adult lives.
Christopher Lukas analyzes his family history, looking for answers that would point to his brother’s suicide.
Also a post-suicide search for answers, this memoir uses an innovative structure by creating an index of subjects related to her father’s suicide and writes about them in order of narrative interest.
This book also depicts the parent-child relationship in dealing with mental illness – this time caused by addiction.
The author shares the story of her lifelong battle with mental illness, finally diagnosed as rapid cycling type 1 bipolar disorder.