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Pat Peoples has just checked out of a psychiatric hospital and is obsessed with exercise. He doesn't remember how or why he ended up in the hospital; all he recalls are flashes of the events leading up to his hospitalization. He wants to focus on his recovery to save his marriage. Peoples is the protagonist of The Silver Linings Playbook , a touching and entertaining novel by Matthew Quick that captures the experience of someone living with a mental illness. The book deals with important themes like t reatment, improvements and relapses, daily struggles and overcoming the past.
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According to the most recent data from the National Institute of Mental Health, one is six adults in the United States live with a mental illness. Despite the fact it is so common, individuals who don't suffer from a condition, and even those who do, still struggle to understand mental illness in Luckily, there are some pretty incredible books about the topic coming out this year that shed an important light on a difficult topic so many of us still have a hard time making sense of. As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety disorders, I have to admit, the nasty rhetoric around Donald Trump's mental instability in the wake of Fire and Fury 's sensational publication is a painful one to endure. Whether it is on the news, social media, or in the checkout line, I can't seem to avoid conversations about our "crazy" president. While I agree that Trump is an unfit candidate for office — his lack of experience, his failed business record, his dangerous nationalist views — I can't help but feel totally misunderstood, if not personally attacked, by a narrative that insists mental health is a measurement of someone's ability to be successful.
What better way to immerse yourself in such important cultural conversations than with literature? Books have a singular ability to educate, entertain, and elicit empathy, making them the perfect medium through which to understand oft-misunderstood illness like depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. The following 10 mental health books all tackle heavy subjects with warmth and unbridled honesty. In , Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel embedded himself with an American battalion fighting in Baghdad. His sort-of sequel, Thank You For Your Service , follows those soldiers home as they fight another kind of battle: readjusting to civilian life and learning to live with the trauma of battle. Cunningham won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for this gorgeously forlorn, variegated mediation on the vexing loneliness that descends on three different women at three different times: Virginia Woolf in s London, a housewife in s Los Angeles whose only solace is Mrs.