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Initial post: Jan 22, 2011 1:30:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 23, 2011 3:19:46 PM PST
PJ says:
Are there fiction books that deal with mental illness as an issue?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 1:39:36 PM PST
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Posted on Jan 22, 2011 2:34:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 22, 2011 2:34:25 PM PST
A. Flowers says:
I'm sure there are. I don't know many off the top of my head. I mean, its touched on here and there in lots of books. The best one I know of is Speak: 10th Anniversary Edition, told from the POV of a girl who is going through some problems (won't spoil in case you haven't read it) - it is a YA level book. I think the author has done others in the same sort of theme.

I'm sure there's lots of other books. Hunt around. Once you click on this one, Amazon might help suggest others, or you could try the fiction forums

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 5:56:51 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 23, 2011 6:12:34 AM PST
OldAmazonian says:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

A Confederacy of Dunces

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 10:38:41 AM PST
ColdShot says:
why are you seeking out fiction?

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 12:23:22 PM PST
Mari says:
I don't know about books, although there is a bipolar main character on a soap (GH). I was thinking of reading books written BY "mentally" ill people (I do so hate that term -- why is "mentally ill" different that "physically" ill -- makes no sense.). I'm sure they are a-plenty -- us bipolars are a creative lot. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 2:25:08 PM PST
PJ says:
Thank you. I'll look into that book you suggested.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 2:26:12 PM PST
PJ says:
I saw the movie Cuckoo's Nest many years ago, but I shall find the book on Amazon and perhaps give it a read. Thanks for the suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 2:29:02 PM PST
PJ says:
I hadn't thought about reading another non-fiction book. I thought that a novel might be interesting, too, since I have read many books written by people who are experiencing mental illness or has someone in the family with bipolar, etc., but thanks for the suggestion. Perhaps I shall look into other non-fiction books I haven't read regarding mental illness. Thank you for your comment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 2:30:29 PM PST
PJ says:
I have read many non-fiction books written by people who are living with severe mental illness of some kind and thought that I would investigate to find out whether there are authors who are writing novels with some knowledge about mental illness.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 2:34:02 PM PST
PJ says:
It has been my experience that the Bible can be helpful for people with mental illness, but I also know that the help of a trained professional therapist is extremely important in helping one to learn how to cope and live with their illness.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 3:14:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 23, 2011 3:18:39 PM PST
PJ says:
Hello, Are We There Yet:

It has been my experience that mental illness is just as real and painful as physical illness. I have inserted a few product links below that are written by persons who have bipolar illness. There are also many books written by people with other mental illnesses.

I hope you may find these suggestions helpful.

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and MadnessMadness: A Bipolar LifeManic: A MemoirBrilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive IllnessSoaring & Crashing: My Bipolar AdventuresNight Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 4:07:03 PM PST
The reality of mental illness beats any fiction. My book is full of patient and personal stories.
Psychiatry in Techno Colors: A Psychiatrist's Memoir of Lessons Learned About Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 5:12:27 PM PST
PJ says:
Hi Dr. Liebowitz:

As I stated in a previous reply, I have read several non-fiction books written by real-life people who suffer, learn to cope and live with mental illness who write their stories, and indeed, these accounts "beat any fiction." It would be interesting, though, to see how accurate and understanding and informed fiction writers might be regarding mental illness.

Thinking this through further, many of the fiction books that I have read deal with characters who probably have some sort of mental illness, probably just undiagnosed, and written by authors whose sole purpose is not to write about mental illness!

I guess I have just answered my own question about books of fiction that deal with the subject of mental illness.

I looked your book up on Amazon and I think it will be very interesting and informative reading. I usually don't pay that much for a book, I usually read paperbacks, but perhaps yours is worth the price.

Thanks for the feedback.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011 8:41:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2011 8:42:38 AM PST
ColdShot says:
have you read this?
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

our diets are so important to good mental health

also avoiding immunizations which can cause brain inflammation and neuron degeneration

kinda hard to think straight on poor food quality/choices and
volunteering to get brain inflammation and neuron degeneration hidden in the shot thats supposed to protect you

do you know which group of people suffer from the most mental illnesses ?
I'll let you discover that on your own. and so it seems that it is inherited within some groups

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011 10:17:59 AM PST
PJ says:
I agree that good nutrition is an essential part of living a healthy and well-rounded life. However, it has also been my experience that mental illnesses are real illnesses and most are NOT cured by eating well or by avoiding immunizations. Thank you for your comments.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011 10:46:57 AM PST
OldAmazonian says:
You asked about novels written by persons familiar with mental illness. John Kennedy Toole, the author of that second book I mentioned, committed suicide in 1969. Presumably he was familiar with depression. Toole never saw publication of his book, which won a Pulitzer prize.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011 10:50:41 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2011 10:56:14 AM PST
ColdShot says:
as for the food, cure was not the implication, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure in some of the cases

then there's the spiritual component, as well as the obvious hereditary/other unk origin types

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 11:34:41 AM PST
Hilliara says:
The Flying Troutmans: A Novel

This book is fictional but deals with mental illness and impact on family members

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011 2:14:08 PM PST
PJ says:
Thanks. I'll check it out on Amazon!!

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 6:27:34 PM PST
There are several books:
"Girl Interrupted" by Suzanna Keyen
"An Unquiet Mind" by Kay Redfield Jamison
For non-fiction, there's several great ones-- "Touched with Fire" "A Brilliant Madness" and as far as fiction, I've heard "she's come undone" is good, tho I haven't read it.
and if you'll excuse the shameless self-promotion, my book, "Saint Jude." It's fiction, but I know several with manic depression and (successfully) medicated. This book was traditionally published by a small indie press and I recently posted it on Kindle [still trying to iron out some formatting issues] but it's up there now.
My website is if you want to drop me an e-mail for more info on books on mental illness. I did a lot of research.
Good luck,

Saint Jude

Posted on May 8, 2011 8:27:38 PM PDT
Elsa Hilden says:
Sylvia Plath's, "The Bell Jar"

Posted on May 9, 2011 6:56:36 AM PDT
Don't forget "Go Ask Alice"- it's about a drug addicted teenager, very sad. Said to be based on a real teen's journal.

In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2011 4:04:41 PM PDT
Biker Denis says:
Hi Mildred!
I guess I'm the Devil's child! Ha ha ha ha haaaaa!!! Get a clue.
Have a nice day

Posted on May 15, 2011 5:03:40 PM PDT
JP says:
Read Patricia Cornwell, Michael Connelly, or James Patterson. They're all fiction writers, but they all take on mental illness in some way in the book.

Patricia Cornwell takes on several different important issues in her books. They are fiction, but she has bipolar and has gone through some other things.
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