Memoirs give us the unique ability to enter the mind and experiences of someone suffering from a mental illness, addiction, or disorder. To truly be immersed in someone’s story is invaluable and necessary in understanding what they’re going through. Here are my top 10, must-read memoirs that deal with these struggles.
A captivating and unflinchingly honest memoir about one young woman’s struggle with borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder.
Perhaps you’ve seen the movie, but the book is well-worth a read. It focuses on Kaysen’s time spent in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s.
Cheney spares no detail when sharing the exploits of her most manic moments.
The memoir is told in a series of vignettes based on the three months that Johns spent in eating disorder rehabilitation treatment.
A compelling and detailed memoir about one man’s struggle with anxiety disorder.
An intimate recounting of the month Silverman spent in a rehab center for sexual addition.
Asperger’s is much talked-about, yet little-understood. Robison encounters his own unique set of challenges resulting from this neurological disorder.
Jamison details her experiences with manic depression, as well as the insights she’s gained through her academic study of mental health.
Kilmer-Purcell tackles the difficult, and often stigmatized, themes of alcohol abuse and addiction. He manages to address addiction in a way that is relatable without being sentimental or stereotypical. The book also sheds light on various rehabs like the tampa rehab.
This young adult memoir tackles the issue of learning disabilities, in addition to the resulting social and clinical anxiety that can manifest as a result.