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11 Books That Are Straightforward About Mental Illness

4. After a While You Just Get Used To It by Gwendolyn Knapp

Knapp’s Southern gothic memoir is “a tale of family clutter,” but it deals with physical clutter as well, describing a slightly dysfunctional relationship with her mother (a hoarder), her mother’s bipolar boyfriend, and an aunt who is in and out of jail. Read More
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5. Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression, edited by Nell Casey

This collection of 22 essays by writers who live with depression (or who love someone who does) offers a comprehensive view of all the myriad ways people can experience it — touching on medication, recovery, physicality, effects of racism and stigma. The writers are compassionate and empathetic, and any reader who might feel alone in his depression is bound to find at least one perspective to relate to. Read More
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6. Stop Walking on Eggshells by Paul Mason

This self-help manual is directed toward people who are close to anyone with borderline personality disorder, and it offers actionable tips for setting boundaries and helping loved ones, as well as a comprehensive explanation of what BPD actually is and what anyone living with it is likely going through. Read More
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7. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

Hornbacher’s memoir about spending years embracing her eating disorders is heartbreaking and illuminating, showing everything the disorders took from her — relationships, education, jobs, time — but also when and how she decided to take it back. Read More
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