One of my goals at the beginning of this year was to read at least one book per week, or 52 books this year. I am well on my way to reaching that goal!
I was recently contact by a man from India who who asked me to read and review his book entitled Gulabi. The book was about a man who experiences psychosis. As I read the book, I couldn't help but wonder if the author himself had experienced psychosis. I reached out to him and he informed me that he was in fact diagnosed with schizophrenia and that Gulabi was one of his hallucinations during a psychotic episode. I was so impressed that this author, who has struggled with schizophrenia, was able to write this short book, and give readers a small glimpse of what it could be like to experience psychosis. He is now in graduate school and doing well!
It all got me thinking about mental health and recovery. When people hear the word recovery, they often think of addiction. But there is recovery in mental health as well. I thought I would share with you today some books written either about recovery or by those who are in recovery from mental health challenges.
Gulabi, written by Pankaj Suneja
Dante's Cure, written by Daniel Dorman
New Vision of Recovery: You Too Can Recover From Mental Illness, written by Daniel Fisher
Nobody's Child, written by Marie Balter and Richard Katz
There and Back Again: A Mental Health Recovery Book written by Someone Who Has Lived It, written by Emily Grossman
First Person Accounts of Mental Illness and Recovery, edited by Craig LeCroy and Jane Holschuh
My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness, written by Sandra Yuen MacKay
If you find yourself struggling with a mental health challenge, know that you are not alone. And, know that there is hope. It is possible to get better! The people and books above not only give us a glimpse of mental illness but also give us a glimpse into the possibility of recovery.
As always, feel free to contact me if I can be of help!
Amber is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She offers counseling for individual adults and clinical supervision for social workers. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, researching genealogy, reading, and dragon boating.
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