Beyond "Crazy": 20 True Stories of Living with Mental Illness

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20 fascinating journeys through madness.

What do you do when your father kills himself, or your mother is committed to a psych ward, or your daughter starts hearing voices telling her to harm herself—or when you yourself hear such voices?

In any given year, one in four American adults suffers from a diagnosable mental illness—but the tremendous stigma attached to being labeled as “crazy” still prevents many from reaching out to professionals or even loved ones for help. As former US Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy writes in his introduction: “The only way for this to change is for people to share their truth. Total honesty is essential not only for recovery, but also for changing societal attitudes and enacting public policies.”

Addressing bipolar disorder, OCD, trichotillomania, self-harm, PTSD, and other diagnoses, the twenty fascinating stories collected in Show Me All Your Scars vividly depict the difficulties and sorrows—and sometimes, too, the unexpected rewards—of living with mental illness.

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Ryan Bloom // Jane Campbell // Karen Wolk Feinstein // Beazie Griffin // Yvette Frock Gottshall // Lee Gutkind // Patrick J. Kennedy // Chloë Mattingly // Susie Meserve // Jennifer Metsker // Joyce O'Connor // Optimism One // Jessamine Price // Peg Quinn // Andrea Rizzo // Annita Sawyer // Terri Sherrill // Andy Smart // Leslie Smith Townsend // Madeline Strong Diehl // Alison Townsend // Beth Wiles // Ella Wilson


Praise for Show Me All Your Scars

"Conveys what it is like to experience mental illness and ... demonstrates that narrative ... can be the most effective way to impart information and promote activism."
- Publishers Weekly

"The deeply personal essays—full of courage, resilience, and recovery—shred the stigma of mental illness and challenge our indifference toward the 'mentally ill.'"
- Pete Earley, author of Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

"This collection stands as protest against silence, and challenges us to create a culture that fosters true mental health."
- Marya Hornbacher, author of Madness: A Bipolar Life

"Heartbreaking and soaring. This sensitive and carefully cultivated anthology stands as a testament to the private battle millions of families are waging."
- Sheila Hamilton, author of All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness