Just Checking by Emily Colas

Just Checking: Scenes from the life of an obsessive-compulsive Pocket Books (1998) 165 pages Biography/Mental Health Summary: Emily Colas – young, intelligent, well-educated wife and mother of two – had a secret that was getting in the way of certain activities. Like touching people. Having a normal relationship with her husband. Socializing. Getting a job.… Read More »

Surviving Mental Illness by Linda Naomi Katz

Stars: *** Outskirts Press (2012) Biography & Autobiography/Personal Memoirs 117 pages *I received this book for review. The story of how Linda lives through Bipolar was very interesting as I made a few parallels between her experiences and my experiences as I also have Bipolar. There are some books that take me a long time… Read More »

Twisting My Kaleidoscope by Shannon Love

Outskirts Press (2015) Autobiography/Memoir Mental Health Shannon went through her first psychosis episode in middle age when she wasn’t expecting it and didn’t see it coming. She shares her story with us including her diary entries from the time. She has Bipolar 1 but she didn’t know until she went into psychosis. I was hooked… Read More »

January First by Michael Shofield

January First is the story of a child named January aka Janni and her descent into severe mental illness and her father’s attempt to save her. “At six years old, Janni was diagnosed with schizophrenia, one of the worst mental illnesses known to man. What’s more, Schizophrenia is 20-30 times more sever in children than… Read More »

Speed Reviews – Mental Illness Memoirs

Some more really old reviews that just never got done. They are short since it’s been a while but if the book sounds interesting, check out the links to other reviews to get a more detailed review. Hurry Down Sunshine: A memoir by Michael GreenbergStars: **** Summary: Hurry Down Sunshine tells the story of an… Read More »

The Bipolar Handbook by Dr. Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D.

Stars: **** Summary: The Bipolar Handbook comprehensively illuminates every area of the disorder by drawing upon the real questions asked by patients and families during the nearly twenty years that Dr. Wes Burgess has worked as a bipolar specialist. So what’s covered exactly? Basics of Bipolar (types, mania, depression, mixed-state, cycling etc….) Healthy Life Changes… Read More »

The Freedom From Depression Workbook by Les Carter

Stars: **** Since I was diagnosed with Clinical Depression, I have read every book I could get my hands on. This one was by far one of the best. It has places for you to write down your feelings on the subject being discussed. I read a chapter, answer the questions then put it down.… Read More »