Fictional Mental Hospital Novels

Novels that are set, or partially set, in a mental hospital or a psychiatric ward in a regular hospital. FICTION BOOKS ONLY.
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message 1: by jo (new)

jo oh no i screwed up! The Last Time I Wore a Dress is a memoir! please someone with higher power delete it!


message 2: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan I think since you added it, you have to remove it.


message 3: by jo (new)

jo nope. only a librarian can do it. :(


message 4: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan I am a librarian and I can't remove it. I can only remove the books that I added.


message 5: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan Oh, wait, I think I figured out how to remove the book. No problem.


message 6: by Talal (new)

Talal Faisal I was looking for such a list! great


message 7: by jo (new)

jo mistake, again. The Loony-Bin Trip is not fiction. i'm hopeless. sorry.


message 8: by Sam (new)

Sam Zumwalt I hate this list so much!


message 9: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan Sam wrote: "I hate this list so much!"

Why?


message 10: by Sam (new)

Sam Zumwalt Majority of these books are sensationalizing mental illness or furthering the negative stigmas placed on them. Not to mention a great deal of them are inaccurate of what it is like to be in a mental hospital. People who read these types of books, are usually trying to grasp what it is like in a mental hospital, but they go into it with misconceptions and a great deal of these authors play into those misconceptions by perpetuating the same old cliches of the mentally ill. Some of these books and they're movie counterparts are the reason that the stigma on mental illness is so high and really sick people do not get help, because of the goddamn stigma placed on the mentally ill. So listing Mental Hospital Novels, I find utterly repugnant.


message 11: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan I'm not endorsing the content of these books just by putting them together in a list. I just thought the topic was list-worthy.

And I agree with you about inaccuracy, etc. I've got depression/mild bipolar and have been in mental hospitals a few times. In novels, even contemporary ones, characters stay for weeks or months, when in fact they usually kick you out after less than a week whether you're any better or not.


message 12: by Larisa (new)

Larisa It's far from repugnant. I have also spent time in in-patient care. Stigma from movies and books should not (and probably do not) sway the government when it comes to federally funding programs to help the mentally ill. That's like saying listening to Metallica (or any metal band for that matter) causes kids to commit suicide or homicide. That's patently ridiculous. I love being able to gage my illness against those in these kinds of books. It gives me a lot of perspective on my own, fiction or not. There are works of fiction on mental illness that do infact greatly mirror the real world of mental illness. So, thank you Meghan for the great list of books. I feel like I've found some good new company to keep!!


message 13: by Hoda (new)

Hoda Marmar Many books voted on the list are not fiction books, like "Prozac Nation' and 'Girl, interrupted'.


message 14: by Tima (last edited Jul 13, 2012 02:01AM) (new)

Tima Removed for being Non-Fiction/Biography:

Don't Ever Tell: Kathy's Story: A True Tale of a Childhood Destroyed by Neglect and Fear by Kathy O'Beirne
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
My Heart Stopped Beating by Chamed
The Sunset Strip Diaries by Amy Asbury
The Minds of Billy Milligan: 24 Wajah Billy by Daniel Keyes
Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg
Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope by Julie Hersh
Life Inside: A Memoir by Mindy Lewis
The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls by Emilie Autumn
The Day The Voices Stopped by Ken Steele
Bad Girl: Confessions Of A Teenage Delinquent by Abigail Vona
A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych E.R. by Julie Holland
Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man: A Memoir by Bill Clegg
More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Flock: The Autobiography of a Multiple Personality
by Joan Frances Casey, Lynn Wilson
Purge: Rehab Diaries by Nicole J. Johns

I was torn on this one:

The Whalestoe Letters by Mark Z. Danielewski, which is shelved and listed as Fiction, but the description states it is a book of true letters a woman sent her son while she was dying in a mental ward. Clarification, anyone?


And there were a good dozen or more whose descriptions were incredibly vague, missing all together or were questionable whether they belong on the list or not, but I left them for now. :)

-- But I left "A Million Little Pieces" because of the author's admission to having made up so many parts. If someone wants it removed for being sort-of true, I will happily do so ;)


message 15: by Loveliest Evaris (new)

Loveliest Evaris I had to stay in a mental hospital once.. for about a week.. School related stress, built up of Strattera in my system just exploded and didn't really help with my major MAJOR depression, at least that's the explanation given to me by my psychiatrist.

I know these places are supposed to help people, but God was it hell. I didn't feel like I could be myself..the food was very tasty but the only time I felt safe and secure was when I WASNT talking about my feelings, because it was like they didn't care...sigh, why do those kinds of places only staff the assholes?


message 16: by Meaghan (last edited Jan 20, 2014 09:33AM) (new)

Meaghan Yes, it is very unfortunate when staff are rude (or worse) to very vulnerable people who are hurting really badly. In one of my psych ward experiences, a nurse refused to feed me even after I told her I had hypoglycemia, a low blood sugar condition where all kinds of nasty things happened if I got too hungry. I had to wait like four hours maybe, till the shift change, before I got any food and by then I was a wreck. Well, even more of a wreck I mean.


message 17: by Breezy (new)

Breezy I know quite a few people who stayed in mental hospitals for as long as two years. Some of them stressed the constant surveillence and the nurses. There was also quite a bit of scheduled activities. The nurses listened and if you had a breakdown you were put in a room with a window or what was referred to as "booty juice". Are there any books from this list that put you in their shoes?


message 18: by Schell (new)

Schell Thanks Tina for the additional "Non-Fiction & Biography" titles. Perhaps a second list...


message 19: by Jamie (new)

Jamie I never went to an actual mental hospital but, for three months I went to a troubled teens boarding school. I need to write a book about my experience there. It was the worst/best time of my life.


message 20: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan Which one? I've got an interest in those places and I've heard of a lot of them.


message 21: by Jamie (new)

Jamie It's no longer around actually. It was Crater Lake School. One messed up place.


message 22: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan I have a website that profiles missing people, and in one instance I've got THREE kids who disappeared, on three separate occasions, from the same troubled teen boarding school (the now-defunct CEDU School in California) and were never found. All of them have been missing for years; I think the most recent case is from 2004. And in one case, the kid was physically handicapped and basically not capable of running away.

I had never heard of Crater Lake School, but I looked it up. It sounds rather horrible.


message 23: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Ya it was a crazy place. I thank the stars my mother drove all the way from Texas to pick me up and bring me home from that nightmare.


message 24: by Veronica (new)

Veronica Salle How about The Medea Complex?? It's a mental hospital too, she's in a lunatic asylum ~


message 25: by Lydia (new)

Lydia I see you removed it once for being non-fiction, but it seems Girl, Interrupted has made it back on here. I wonder if it would help if you added the word "fictional" to the title of the list?


message 26: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan You would think people would know that, by definition, a novel is fiction.


message 27: by Lydia (new)

Lydia You know what? I'm a pretty smart person who's incredibly obsessed with books, and I don't think I knew that. So maybe it's not common knowledge? Either way, you just taught me something. Thanks!


message 28: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan Well, I did what you suggested and tacked "Fictional" onto the list name. It was already specified in the description.


message 29: by Lydia (new)

Lydia I just had an idea for a title that's even more concise. How about Mental Hospital Fiction?

I know, I did see that it was specified in the description. I don't understand people who don't read descriptions, and it's your list, so it's ultimately up to you - just throwing out ideas as to how to keep it more accurate. Can you still remove Girl, Interrupted from it? Right now it's sitting at 62.


message 30: by Allie (new)

Allie Hey y'all,

I just started a new book club called "Damage" under groups that you can join if you'd like! It focuses on reading a book every other month that is about physical, mental, emotional, or intellectual differences. (And yes, I redefine how "damage" should be viewed in the group description!) Hope you join!


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