Top 5 Wednesday: Top Books on Mental Health

This week’s top five Wednesday is are the top five books you have read which involve Mental Health. For this, I have tried to choose books which explore different types of Mental Health so there is a bit of variety.

1 – Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall is one of the most incredible books I have read. It is written from the perspective of Matthew following the death of his brother when they were children. Matthew has schizophrenia and the books follows him as he struggles to cope with both the grief he still feels for the loss of his brother and his schizophrenia. The writing style varies depending on what state of mind Matthew is in, whether he is taking medication or not, and where he is in his life. It is a well-written an remarkable insight into what having schizophrenia is like and is a book that will really make you think.

2 – Elena Vanishing by Elena and Clare B Dunkle

From fiction to fact. Elena Vanishing is a true-life memoir of Elena’s struggles with Anorexia. I would really recommend reading this book with her mother’s own account of the struggles (Hope and Other Luxuries) as together, they give you a comprehensive depiction of what life is like for those with Anorexia and their families. Elena Vanishing, being written from Elena’s perspective, is quite a harrowing read but also a good insight into both the disorder and the treatment for it.

3 – Sculptor by Scott McCloud

A graphic novel this time – Sculptor is a graphic novel about emotion and the two primary characters both struggle with mood disorders – David battles with despair over his career as a writer while Meg battles with bipolar disorder, refusing to take her medication while she does. It is a beautifully written and drawn graphic novel which really highlights the strength of human emotion.

4 – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a fantastic book with an equally fantastic film. It is quite a short book, but within those few pages it captures Charlie’s experiences with growing up, PTSD and depression. It has been a long time since I have read it, so I am not entirely sure how accurate it may be, but the book is certainly one to read.

5 – Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Finally, I have Elizabeth is Missing. This book follows a woman with Alzheimer’s disease who is convinced her friend is missing. Written from Maud’s perspective, it really highlights how limiting and terrifying Alzheimer’s disease can be – when you no longer remember your own daughter’s face. This book is particularly powerful as it parallel’s Maud’s story in the present where are mental faculties are limited and Maud’s story in the past, where she can remember everything with a great deal of clarity – so highlighting the difference Alzheimer’s disease has on people.

Those are my top five books with Mental Health/Disorders. There are plenty of other fantastic books which explore these topics, such as those on this Goodreads list, and I would really recommend checking a few out if you’re interested in mental health.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and the Goodreads group can be found at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday

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