The one thing I do best with consistency is inconsistency.
One thing I do as a person working in this field around 21 years is read a lot of memoirs of brain illnesses, first hand accounts by people writing about their healing and recovery journey or their managing life despite their brain illnesses getting worse or not getting better. I think you learn more from “the horse’s mouth”:
1. Donna Williams:
Nobody, Nowhere: The Remarkable Autobiography of an Autistic Girl
Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free from the World of Autism
2. An Unquiet Mind, now a classic, by Kay Jameson
3. She’s written others about bipolar, like Touched with Fire,
4. The first one I ever read was in high school, called The Best Little Girl in the World about an anorexic.
Then a classic thing: first Eating Disorder then unpeeled into bipolar and substance abuse by the same author: book 1 Wasted then book 2 Madness,
Wasted, about her anorexia
Then Madness, bipolar/drinking
6. Drinking: A Love Story
7. Get Me Out Of Here: My Recovery from BPD
8. The Buddha and The Borderline, one of my favorites as it’s really laugh out loud funny
9. Darkness Visible by William Styron is a great memoir of a late in life major depressive episode accompanied by alcohol
10. Schizoaffective disorder: The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
Lauren Slater who straddles the role of therapist and “patient” has written a lot of books, memoirs, some quite weird:
11. Lying, a Metaphorical Memoir
12. Prozac Diary not to be confused with the famous Prozac Nation
13. I read her first one first, “Welcome to My Country: A Therapist’s Memoir of Madness”
There are graphic novels and picture books:
14. Marbles- bipolar dosorder
15. Inside Out, which I tell people who don’t “get” bulimia and eating disorders to read
16. My Depression: A Picture Book really wonderful poetic art. Side note, author’s mom and brother both killed themselves
17. Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight This book merits a whole post it was that good.
Memoirs of OCD:
18. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop (adult OCD)
19. Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life With OCD, teenager
20. Being Me With OCD
21. Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought, great one, may be a novel
22. The Girls at 17 Swan Street, novel about anorexia
There seem to be hoards of books on eating disorders.
23. An Apple A Day about anorexia, twist she posted this highly secret illness as a writer on some big newspaper
24. There are lots of family member perspectives you can easily find. My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is great, bipolar psychosis onset at 27 years old very unusual.
25. Forever Marked: A Dermatillomania Diary”, by Angela Hartlin, about obsessive skin picking and hair pulling, which are both only recently recognized as brain illnesses .
Striking I either didn’t look for or wouldn’t find a memoir of adult ADHD. I’m sure it’s out there but I don’t feel like hunting for it. I’ll be jealous that someone with ADHD and other issues could actually write a whole book and get it published.