I believe mental health is as important as physical health. If someone is sick physical, we go to the moon and Mars and back to help them, we should do the same with someone who has a mental health illness.
Anyway so here are couple books that I’ve read that have helped me understand mental health issues better from personal experiences:
– Lori Gottlieb : Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
I loved this book because she talked about therapy, and how there is always that one issue that takes you to therapy only to realize that, that was just a tip of an iceberg.
This book talks about all the issues that Whitney had, and I related to it so much.
– Matt Haig : Reasons to Stay Alive
This books is about depression, struggles of a person with mental illness and suicidal thoughts and gives reasons to stay alive. You belong here, there is more to see in the world, better days are ahead of you. Don’t kill yourself.
– Amber Smith : The Way I Used to Be
– Karyl McBride : Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers
This is about dealing with emotional abuse from a narcissistic parent. How to know a narcissist and heal from an emotional abuse.
– Phoebe Robinson : Everything is trash, but it’s okay
This has a chapter about workaholism. Now being a workaholic is an addiction but research has shown that there is a psychological drive and impact from workaholism. They say most workaholics have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as well.. So read more about this topic, I’m too.
– Gabourey Sidibe : This is just my face : Try not to stare
She talked about eating disorders and depression a lot in this book. And I also love how she talks about going to therapy as well.
The books I’ve chosen are mostly written from a personal experience except a few and I recommend them because I want us to understand that this is a human struggle and to learn how we can effectively support people in our lives when they are dealing with mental health issues.
What book helped you understand mental health issues better?