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That's Mental: Painfully Funny Things That Drive Me Crazy About Being Mentally Ill

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Award-winning Asian British comedy writer Amanda Rosenberg presents an intimate memoir of confessional essays about the hilarious, inappropriate, and often difficult side to being mentally ill.

That’s Mental breaks down myths and misconceptions about what it means to be a millennial with mental illness in a darkly funny, but relatable way. In her new book, Rosenberg address
Paperback, 212 pages
Published November 6th 2019
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This book was absolutely brilliant and down right hilarious!

As a nurse, my favorite rotation was in psychiatric and mental health. I have always felt a connection with my patients.

This book was able to look at mental illness and gloriously shines a light to the stigmas. It helps us become more understanding, and have better awareness about the importance of mental health.

This is a must read!
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Rosenberg is so so so damn funny. Her humor is exactly my shade of dark. This book is good and it's also so important and encouraging that it exists!
I felt seen and relieved by Rosenberg's writing and I laughed my face off.
I'm keeping it on my shelf right beside Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking for whenever the next depression spiral hits and I need a friend.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listen, I know I should be more articulate about this but IT'S JUST THE DAMN BEST.
Amanda is hilarious and wickedly smart, even about the most personal and tricky of topics. Buy this book, read this book, then buy someone else this book, so they can read this book.
Molly Sanchez
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit this book is funny and cathartic. Amanda Rosenberg does such a great job of being grittily transparent (there is no cure in this book) and really helpful and knowledgeable when talking about mental health. It's real, raw, and a really funny time. ...more
Jessica | Booked J
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Standard disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher and my friends atBookSparks in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

As someone who struggles with her mental health at various, inconvenient times (mental health really do, as the kids say, be like that) I knew straightaway I had to get my hands on That's Mental. Amanda Rosenberg seems not unlike myself--a millennial wi
Zachary Houle
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you know me, you’ll know that I’m intimate with the topic of mental illness. I co-facilitate a mental health peer support group at my church, so you could say that when Amanda Rosenberg’s That’s Mental came up on my plate, I was hungry to read it. When I finally sat down with the book, I must have been ravenous because I read it basically in two sittings. It’s a funny book, but incredibly on point about what it’s like to live with a mental illness and all of the highs and lows that go with it ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eye-opening, heart-wrenching and laugh-out-loud funny all at once. I’ve never read someone so candidly write about mental illness and I’m so glad I read this book! Must read for everyone who has or know someone who has a mental illness which, hello, is probably everyone in the world.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
INSANELY funny - a stunning book. Within seconds of opening this book, you will be laughing loudly and pulling your (weighted) blanket snugly over you as you sink into the pages. This is because it's immediately obvious that this is completely fresh. It's as if your best friend is talking to you honestly and hilariously, to entertain and comfort you through whatever the week has put you through, no matter how healthy your mind currently is.
It's beautifully candid: every few sentences you will ei
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I don’t read too many self help books or whatever you want to call this book? Non fiction. But it was good for it being one of those. I learned a lot about mental health, people with disorders, depression,suicide. Anyone can read this book, not just people with mental problems. It definitely was interesting and it actually had some funny moments too. Amanda speaks her mind and some things she says in this book were hilarious. I enjoyed all the little lists throughout the book too! Definitely a q ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Funny and sad, eschewing the less believable message of, "Everything is going to be okay", for the stronger, more compassionate, "You're allowed". ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off, this book is hilarious. Which, I guess, is a weird thing to say about a book about mental illness. I would recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with mental illness or struggled to understand or be there for someone who struggles with it. In the words of Amanda Rosenberg (and maybe other people, too): “No one owns mental illness, we all lease it” - mental illness is hard and so is empathy. This book isn’t about empathy, but personally it reminded me that everyone struggles, ...more
Victoria (Latte Nights Reviews)
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, arc
This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I love, love, love That's Mental, and recommend it to EVERYBODY. Seriously, this was such a good book and I think everyone should read it, because it talked about mental health and mental illness in a great way.

In That's Mental, Amanda Rosenberg shares her story with mental illness, as well as her thought

Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you enjoy dark humor and painfully relatable content for anyone struggling with a mental illness or two? Then this book is for you! I absolutely loved That’s Mental! I felt like I could finally talk to someone (well okay, read their words and then say “yeah exactly!” to myself) about all the struggles of mental illness that aren’t often talked about or understood. The author is hilarious and I love her conversational style of writing. She talks about important topics like stigma in a broad se ...more
Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
“Don’t judge me based on my mental illness judge me for the asshole I am.”

This was a fascinating look at mental health. I really loved how open the author was about all the issues she faces and that she wasn’t afraid to shy away from the hard parts. I loved the section where she talked about gun violence and mental health. I think “Mental illness” has become a great excuse for gun violence, but people are missing other aspects by just blaming it on mental illness. Overall I really enjoyed this o
Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For those of us with a diagnosis or two we'd rather not have, That's Mental is like a hug from a friend you were too shy to confide in, but understands anyway. Also that friend is funnier than you. ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the funniest and most painfully relatable books I've ever read. I don't have bipolar, but Amanda has an uncanny knack for transporting the reader directly into her brain using her words. ...more
Becky Gaiovnik
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A hilariously honest look at living with mental illness.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, funny
Quick and funny and good! Chuckling about my own faulty brain (and chuckling in general) keeps me afloat, and reading this felt like having a good chat with a pal that makes you feel less alone for a while.
Meredith Ann
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, essays
Really funny, relatable essays and stories about mental illness. While Rosenberg shares her personal coping strategies, she never claims to be an expert and acknowledges relapses are real, no matter how much self care you practice. Her writing is honest and personal. I liked this one a lot.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing and I think everyone with a damn brain should read it.
Frankie G.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the funniest, most revealing book on mental illness I've ever come across. As someone who suffers rather quietly, & spends a lot of time onstage pretending I'm all good, this book was was more cathartic than a thousand cries. If you've never struggled with serious mental illness, this book is an incisive look into what it's really like, day-to-day, out in the mental streets. If you have, this book is an angel whispering "Been there, dogg" in your ear. And if you think you aren't mentally ...more
Meecham Whitson Meriweather
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally, I was of the mind of taking a few days to read this book, absorb, and process it as I was going through my own rough patch, but dear reader, that did not happen. I finished this book in a mere 36 hours because not only did her stories ring true to my own experiences, but the way they were presented felt like having a conversation with your very wise, hilarious friend. This book is a must read!
Probably a good read if you're new to the whole "sometimes my brain does shit I don't understand" game, but if you've been around, seen a therapist, read some books, you probably have all the info this book will have. ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I finished this audiobook in one day because the author is that darkly hilarious and relatable when talking about mental illness. I just couldn’t put it down! If you struggle with any form of mental illness, this book will probably help you feel seen and understood in a way that doesn’t feel dire or prescriptive. Rosenberg illuminates her feelings well while also admitting to her faults. She shows how mental illness in action adversely impacts those we love and explains how we can acknowledge it ...more
Dyane Harwood
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Rosenberg's "That's Mental" mixes the rapier wit of Carrie Fisher with the profound insights of Kay Redfield Jamison. Although Rosenberg didn't set out to write an inspiring book,"That's Mental" transports the reader to a better place.

How I wish I had this book in 2007 when I was first diagnosed with postpartum bipolar disorder!
"That's Mental" would've helped me through the mental illness sh*tstorm in spades. This is an utterly original book that's a must-read for anyone affected by men
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Who knew that a book about such a heavy topic, mental illness, could be so light and accessible? The author does a great job of injecting humour into her experience with mental illness and helping give people a better understanding of what mental illness can feel like.
“I know meditation works for some people, but for me it’s like waving to an assassin who’s been hired to kill you and being all ‘Yoohoo! Over here!’”
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was entertaining and funny--as much as books being frank about mental illness can be, that is. I didn't enjoy this as much as I've enjoyed Jenny Lawson's two books. Couldn't figure it out until last night: Amanda's book is more a discussion about mental illness, which was something I needed to read right now; Jenny's books are more character pieces with mental illness as part of the character/story. ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read Amazing
Jehan Choo
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just amazing, a very important book to have been written and put out to the world.. especially for those suffering from mental illness while marginalized. Thank you Amanda.
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