Oct 14


“Most diseases can be separated from one’s self … schizophrenia is something we are.” So begins Mark Vonnegut’s depiction of his descent into, and eventual emergence from, mental illness. As a recent college graduate, self-avowed hippie, and son of a counterculture hero, Vonnegut begins to experience increasingly delusional thinking, suicidal thoughts, and physical incapacity. In February 1971 he is committed to a psychiatric hospital.

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Oct 08


Beth Luxenberg was an only child. Everyone knew it: her grown children, her friends, even people she’d only recently met. So when her secret emerged, her son Steve Luxenberg was bewildered. He was certain that his mother had no siblings, just as he knew that her name was Beth, and that she had raised her children, above all, to tell the truth. By then, Beth was nearly eighty, and in fragile health. While seeing a new doctor, she had casually mentioned a disabled sister, sent away at age two.

Read more about Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family Secret.

Sep 17


Kiera Van Gelder’s first suicide attempt at the age of twelve marked the onset of her struggles with drug addiction, depression, post-traumatic stress, self-harm, and chaotic romantic relationships-all of which eventually led to doctors’ belated diagnosis of borderline personality disorder twenty years later. The Buddha and the Borderline is a window into this mysterious and debilitating condition, an unblinking portrayal of one woman’s fight against the emotional devastation of borderline …

Read more about The Buddha & The Borderline: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder Through Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Buddhism, & Online Dating.

Sep 13


I’ve never had anorexia, but I know it well. I see it on the street, in the gaunt and sunken face, the bony chest, the spindly arms of an emaciated woman. I’ve come to recognize the flat look of despair, the hopelessness that follows, inevitably, from years of starvation. I think: That could have been my daughter. It wasn’t. It’s not. If I have anything to say about it, it won’t be. Millions of families are affected by eating disorders, which usually strike young women between the ages of fou…

Read more about Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia.

Jul 11

The first thing you need to know is that life isn’t over. “The good news,” writes Mrs. Carter in Helping Someone with Mental Illness, “is that with proper diagnosis and treatment, the overwhelming majority of people with mental illness can now lead productive lives.” Based on Mrs. Carter’s twenty-five years of advocacy and the latest data from the Rosalynn Carter Symposia for Mental Illness, her book offers step-by-step information on what to do after the dia… More >>

Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends, and Caregivers

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