Same Time Next Week

True Stories of Working Through Mental Illness

Edited by Lee Gutkind

"Hope for those seeking help." - Booklist

In any given year, one in four Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness--and yet there is still a significant stigma attached to being labeled as "mentally ill." We hear about worse-case scenarios, but in many--maybe even most--cases, there is much room for hope.

The 18 frank, often intimate true stories collected in Same Time Next Week reflect the writers' struggles to overcome--both as professionals and as individuals, as current therapists and as former patients--the challenges presented by depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other mental disorders.

This collection highlights the need for empathy and compassion between therapist and patient, and argues for a system that encourages human connection rather than diagnosis by checklist.

Table of Contents

Introduction Peter D. Kramer
Editor's Note Lee Gutkind
Playing Cards with Mr. Newman J. Timothy Damiani
Hope Nurtures the Dream Ronald Bassman
Inside Dan Tomasulo
Paradise/Lost Jennifer Lunden
What Would My Mother Say? Annita Sawyer
The Dictator in My Head Kurt Warner
In Minnesota Once: On Anorexia, Masculinity, and Recovery Owen Vince
An American Boy Candy Schulman
I’m Not a Noun Either Tom Mallouk
Indistinguishable Chairs Cassie Eaton
Salvaging Parts Olga-Maria Cruz
Live a Little Ellen Holtzman
Illusions of Wellness Katherine Sheppard Carrane
Stalker George Drinka
No Hope? Don't Believe It Sharron Hoy
Came Down a Person Ella Wilson


Ronald Bassman

Ronald Bassman, diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early twenties, defied dire predictions to fully recover and become a licensed... read more

Katherine Sheppard Carrane

Katherine Sheppard Carrane lives in Glenview, Illinois, with her husband and two daughters. She is a staff therapist at Cathedral... read more

Olga-Maria Cruz

Olga-Maria Cruz, PhD, writes and teaches in Louisville, Kentucky. Her poems have appeared in Poetry East, Ars Intepres, and the Chaffin... read more

J. Timothy Damiani

J. Timothy Damiani has published academic articles in medical journals, and his nonfiction work has appeared in RiverLit, r.kv.r.y, the... read more

George Drinka

George Drinka, MD, practices child and adolescent psychiatry in Portland, Oregon. After attending the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and... read more

Cassie Eaton

Cassie Eaton has a masters of science degree in mental health counseling from Walden University. She is both a peer and professional in the... read more

Ellen Holtzman

Ellen Holtzman, PsyD, is a psychologist practicing in Wakefield, Massachusetts. read more

Sharron Hoy

Sharron Hoy, RN, works as a psychiatric nurse and with people who have physical conditions. She is the author of Workforce Expansion: A... read more

Catherine Klatzker

Catherine Klatzker’s work may be seen in Emrys Journal and in The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. She was a Ragdale... read more

Miriam Mandel Levi

Miriam Mandel Levi is a Canadian-trained speech language pathologist currently living in Israel. This is her first published work. read more

Jennifer Lunden

Jennifer Lunden (LCSW, LADC, CCS) is a practicing therapist and the founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Healing in... read more

Tom Mallouk

Tom Mallouk is a writer and psychotherapist, who has been in private practice for more than forty years. He was a Russell Conway Fellow... read more

Annita Sawyer

Annita Sawyer is a clinical psychologist with a longstanding clinical practice and a writer with a more recent, but expanding, literary... read more

Candy Schulman

Candy Schulman’s essays, articles, and humor have appeared in publications and anthologies including The New York Times, The... read more

Dan Tomasulo

Dan Tomasulo holds a PhD in psychology, an MFA in writing, and a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania... read more

Owen Vince

Owen Vince is a poet and ambient music journalist living in rural west Wales. An archaeologist by trade, his work is heavily influenced by... read more

Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner has a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s degree in social work. His work has been published in... read more

Ella Wilson

Ella Wilson grew up on the Yorkshire moors in England and moved to New York in 2002. She has been writing nonfiction for the past twelve... read more


Bursting with warmth and inspiration


February 5, 2015

"The book attaches clinical terms like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia to real people with names, families, and personalities, and... read more

Hope for those seeking help


March 1, 2015

Despite all the talk of mental illness in the media today, its stigma remains. In an editor’s note, Lee Gutkind, founding editor of... read more

Fascinating... honest... and hopeful


April 3, 2015

Proof that others have found progress and recovery in mental illness is important. Proof that someone else struggled and found hope: That... read more

A reminder of recovery’s capriciousness.

LA Review of Books

May 19, 2015

These essays recount desperate tales of trauma, misdiagnosis, and mistreatment, usually followed by a single clarifying event — often... read more


Came Down a Person Ella Wilson

My therapist got off the bus with a backpack, a... read more