Manic depression and bi-polar illness in literature

fiction, memoirs, biography, etc. From all points of view: patients, sufferers, care-givers, family, doctors and health-care professionals
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147 books · 201 voters · list created October 3rd, 2009 by Thom Dunn (votes) .
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Comments Showing 1-8 of 8 (8 new)

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message 1: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth I think a distinction should be made among clinical books accessible to lay people, pop fiction, literary fiction, and good guesses.


message 2: by Alex (new)

Alex Half of the books on here have nothing to do with bipolar/manic-depression.


message 3: by Amy (new)

Amy Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted) suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder.
And.. Mockingjay??


message 4: by Garth (new)

Garth My vote is for The Marriage Plot. For a work that has a main character with bipolar disorder, I found The Marriage Plot much better than the film Silver Linings Playbook. Not necessarily more accurate (I'm not an expert on the subject), but better composed.

Here's a post I wrote on The Marriage Plot for Newsworthy Novels, a blog that matches works of fiction to today's headlines (my entry was matched to an article about bipolar disorder): http://newsworthynovels.blogspot.com/...


message 5: by Julie (new)

Julie I am taking my books off this list. I agree with Alex above, half the books on the list have nothing to do with bipolar disorder and are about unipolar depression (Major Depression), Borderline Personality Disorder, or unlabeled mental illness etc. There are better lists that are specific to Bipolar Disorder.


message 6: by Rosa (new)

Rosa Catcher in the Rye is listed twice.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I combined duplicates; that should have gotten it.


message 8: by Kira (new)

Kira Perhaps the list should be renamed "Mental Illness in Literature." Much more inclusive.


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