16 Nonfiction Books About Mental Illness

Mental illness is more common than many people think. NAMI reports that “one in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year,” while “one in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.”

For Millennials, those numbers are even higher. In 2011, “[t]he average high school kid … ha[d] the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the 1950s.” Thankfully, Gen-Y’ers are also more open to talking about their mental health. Young people experiencing mental health issues would do well to follow Linda Esposito’s recommendations for self-care, and no one should be afraid to ask for help if they need it. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has compiled some excellent resources over at mentalhealth.gov.

1. My Lobotomy by Howard Dully

2. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

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