Mental health is a very sensitive topic. Especially in a country like India where people do not even admit to having such issues. Mental health does not get the attention it deserves in our country. A lot of people even refuse to admit that they are having problems and this results in the person feeling more lonely and left out as a result. Here are a few books about mental health that you should definitely check out:
This is depression by Dr. Diane McIntosh
Depression sucks. It’s a debilitating illness that affects the mind and the body―and chances are that you or someone you love will battle depression at some point in your lifetime. This Is Depression is your guide through the darkness. Depression can be a lonely, debilitating illness, but sufferers are not alone, and there is always a path forward. This book is the first step on that path.
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
In First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, Wilson directs her intense focus and fierce investigating skills onto her lifetime companion, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions, and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism of her own experiences. Wilson offers readers comfort, humor, companionship, and practical tips for living with the Beast.
Maybe you should talk to someone by Lori Gottlieb
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed is a book by Lori Gottlieb, published in 2019. It is a memoir where Gottlieb portrays a difficult time in her professional and personal life. With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.
(Don’t) Call me crazy
(Don’t) Call Me Crazy is a conversation starter and guide to a better understanding of how our mental health affects us every day. Thirty-three writers, athletes, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and illustrations that explore their personal experiences with mental illness, how we do and do not talk about mental health, about help for better understanding how every person’s brain is wired differently, and what, exactly, might make someone crazy. If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages, and let’s get talking.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
It is a memoir based on life experiences of living with Major depressive disorder and Anxiety disorder. Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny, and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better, and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.