Writers With Mental Illness

Mental illness books that are accurate help educate and destigmatize mental illness and other brain conditions.

Here are some books and that got it right

(for the most part):

Schizophrenia & Related Psychotic Disorders

  • The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks
  • The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller
  • Ben Behind His Voices by Randye Kaye
  • The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Wang


Mood Disorders

  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison – February¬†2019 Book of the Month
  • Birth of a New Brain – March 2019 Book of the Month
  • Detour by Lizzie Simon
  • Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  • Too Bright To Hear Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey


Eating Disorders, Feeding Disorders,

& Body Image

  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Wasted by Marya Hornbacher
  • Hunger by Roxane Gay
  • Paperweight by Meg Haston
  • The Monster Within by Cynthia Rowland Mcclure


PTSD, Trauma, and Abuse

  • The Round House by Lousie Erdrich
  • Dove Keeper by Emily Deibler – December 2018 Book of the Month
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk


Personality Disorders

  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Just checking by Emily Colas
  • OCD Love Story by Carey Ann Haydu
  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green



  • Lit by Mary Karr
  • Beautiful Boy by David Sheff


Dissociative Disorders

  • Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  • When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase
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