May is mental health awareness month and mental health is something important to me as I battle with anxiety (totally still adorbs y’all). So here are my book recommendations to read that may give you a glimpse of how it feels to struggle with either depression, anxiety, PTSD, or postpartum.
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
So it’s now an HBO Tv Series but it’s definitely a must-read. It follows identical twins (Dominick and Thomas). Dominick is the protector and definitely defines my brother’s keeper as he protects his brother Thomas who is schizophrenic. The book tackles mental health, family, and secrets.
Life Inside My Mind edited by Jessica Burkhart
It is an anthology about mental health touching on OCD, alcoholism.PTSD among others. It will open your mind to the strength and struggles of the human spirit.
All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness by Sheila Hamilton
Pick this book with a box of tissues as it will tug your tear ducts into action. This nonfiction book focuses on a reporter called Sheila Hamilton whose husband passes on six weeks after h was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The Memory of You by Jamie Beck
After suffering from a memory loss (after being assaulted) Steffi Lockwood goes home to deal with the fall-out and plans to start a business of remodeling homes. She then bumps into her first love and has to figure out if she is strong enough to move on.
Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCD by Allison Britz
This book weaves the story of 15-year-old Allison Britz who wakes up from a nightmare that she has brain cancer and so becomes her compulsive behavior (she starts counting steps among other things). This is the story about how she got help and found herself again.
Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life by Charita Cole Brown
During her final semester of college, Charita Brown suffered a psychotic episode frighteningly reminiscent of her grandmother’s own breakdown and subsequent hospitalization. Afterward, she was diagnosed with an extreme form of bipolar disorder (via google books). This is her story.
Remember to be kind always.