BOOKS AND MAGAZINES
Hello Readers! Here you will find all kinds of books and magazines that discuss mental health conditions
or portray characters with mental health issues and their experiences in coping and recovering.
There are many more out there, these are just a few that we have noted. Feel free to suggest any that aren't here on our Connect With Us page. Also, remember that everyone has different tastes! You may enjoy some of these
books while others may not suit you!
BEHIND HAPPY FACES: TAKING CHARGE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH- A GUIDE FOR YOUNG ADULTS
by Ross Szabo
Excerpt from Amazon.com "Certain to become one of the most comprehensive accounts of the mental health issues affecting today's youth, popular speaker Ross Szabo's guide helps young people to address their problems, and aids adults in understanding them as well."
"...empowering (young people) to overcome the stigma of mental illness -- and get the help they need." -- DONNA SATOW, Co-Founder, The Jed Foundation
MINORITY OF MIND
Minority of Mind tells a compelling story of Ben Boone's life as “subject” for the study of schizophrenia and a host of other unrelated illnesses. The book details a young man’s descent into darkness, and his daily struggles to perform as a person, rather than a manifestation of his illness. It addresses how society treats those with serious psychiatric disorders and challenges our definition of ‘madness.'
Check out Virgin Voices for more information about the book and how to order it. Also, check out a video talk** with Ben Boone!
** Click on the Ames Free Library Playlist and pick the Ben Boone Library out of the videos.
WHERE ARE THE COCOA PUFFS?
By Karen Winters Schwartz
As eighteen-year-old Amanda spirals into mania, her father, psychiatrist Dr. Jerry Benson, sees the realization of his worst fears: his daughter is not just moody, but truly ill. With his words, his diagnosis -- manic depressive illness -- his world and that of his family is forever altered. Carol, Amanda's mother, struggles with the guilt and shame of having raised a "crazy" daughter. Christy, Amanda's fifteen-year-old sister, denies the illness; after all, my sister's a bitch is so much easier to accept (as described on amazon.com).
SPIN BETWEEN NEVER AND EVER
By Shannon C. Flynn
This book tells the story of a journey to recovery—Flynn’s. In this brutally honest account, the author recalls her initiation into the realm of depression, mania, and anxiety as a young girl, and her subsequent struggles with her moods as she matures. Spin-Between-Never-Shannon-Flynn.
A BLUE SO DARK
By Holly Schindler
Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose faces numerous problems that run the gamut from divorced parents and friendships gone sour to relationship angst and acne, but her biggest concern is her mother's battle with schizophrenia. Schindler paints a realistic picture of living with a schizophrenic, describing the details from Aura's point of view. She also explores the teen's fear that one day she will succumb to the disease herself. Blue-So-Dark-Holly-Schindler
AN UNQUIET MIND: A MEMOIR OF
A magazine helping you to cope with anxiety and depression. Subscribe at www.hopetocope.com.
A publication dedicated to the young minds of America from the NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center. Get a copy here.