Many people suffer with mental illness, depression, anxiety etc. The coronavirus pandemic has increased panic and low mood. Reading a book can be helpful to seek solace in books. Books about mental health can help you comprehend and navigate your anxieties and other mental illnesses. Here we have curated 10 best mental health books.

The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon 

10 Best Mental Health Books
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The Demon of Depression by Andrew Solomon explores the phenomenon of depression from his own fight against the disease and from interviews with other patients, doctors and scientists, policy-makers, pharmacological researchers and philosophers. The book reveals the subtle complexity and intense agony of depression. The book explains depression and describes the wide range of medications available, the effectiveness of alternative therapies, and the impact the disease has on different social groups worldwide and throughout history. In The Noonday Demon Solomon also talks about his personal experience with remarkable sincerity.

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang

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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang is an intimate, moving book about struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness. In the Collected Schizophrenias Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the “collected schizophrenias” but also to those people who wish to understand it. Weijun Wang talks about her journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, a condition characterized by symptoms of both schizophrenia (such as hallucinations) and mood disorders (like depression and mania). The essays detail her journey but also emphasis on the identity issues people with mental illness often face. The Collected Schizophrenias dismisses misconceptions and provides an understanding of a condition long misunderstood.

Detox Your Thoughts by Andrea Bonior

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In Detox Your Thoughts is a book by clinical psychologist Andrea Bonior, PhD. In the book she identifies 10 most prevalent mental traps that make people feel anxious, insecure, and generally just bad. Andrea Bonior has spent over twenty years studying, teaching, and practicing the science of thoughts, emotions, and behavior and her book In Detox Your Thoughts, she uses the research into mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to teach readers to understand their thoughts and body in a completely different way. Bonior shows readers how to create new mental pathways that truly stick by leaning in to their feelings, recognizing and counteracting their blind spots to gain insight, to value the present moment, and immerse themselves in it.

The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

The Courage To Be Disliked
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The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga is based on the Japanese phenomenon that teaches simple yet profound lessons required to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness. This book shows readers how to unlock the power within themselves to become their best and true self, and change their future and find lasting happiness. The authors use theories by Alfred Adler, Freud and Jung to explain how everyone is free to determine their own future free of the shackles of past experiences, doubts and the expectations of others. The philosophy in the book will allow readers to develop the courage to change, and to ignore the limitations that they and those around them can place on themselves.

We’re All Mad Here by Claire Eastham 

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We’re All Mad Here by Claire Eastham covers everything from surviving university and the workplace through to social media, parties and dates. The book details everything the author has learned through her experiences of living with anxiety. This is a guide to overcoming social anxiety. Eastham gives honest insights about her own social anxiety with a healthy dose of humor. She also describes what social anxiety is, why it happens, and how you can lessen its effects with medication, lifestyle choices, and therapies.

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb

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In Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottlieb explores the world of therapy. Lori Gottlieb was a therapist helping patients in her Los Angeles practice. However, a crisis caused her world to come crashing down and she had to get therapy from Wendell, a quirky but seasoned therapist. In this book Gottlieb invites readers into her world as both clinician and patient. She examines the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we struggle between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone with humor and wisdom offers a personal yet universal tour of our hearts and minds and reveals what it means to be human.

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

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In Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig recounts how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the depression with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his wife. Haig is honest about his experiences and it is inspiring to those who feel apprehended by depression and informative for those who are perplexed by it. Haig uses humor and encourages readers never to lose sight of hope. Through his book Matt teaches readers to celebrate the small joys and moments of peace that life brings, and reminds them that there are always reasons to stay alive. 

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

It's Kind Of A Funny Story
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It’s Kind Of A Funny Story is a novel by Ned Vizzini that deals with mental health. The story follows a teenager named Craig Gilner from New York City who is determined to succeed in life. According to him that means getting into the right high school, so that he would get the right job. However, once Craig is accepted into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes insufferable. He soon stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he decides to kill himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where he meets other patients that include transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There in the hospital Craig is finally able to confront his anxiety. Ned Vizzini himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, and has created a moving tale about the deep pressures of being successful at a young age and how mental health can take a toll in life.

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

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An Unquiet Mind is a personal memoir by Kay Redfield Jamison about manic depression. She describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments. Redfield explores bipolar disorder not only as a clinical psychologist but also as someone who suffers from the disorder herself. Her unique perspective on bipolar disorder as both a patient and a practitioner makes An Unquiet Mind a remarkable reading.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Furiously Happy
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Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson is a memoir that examines her own experience with severe depression and other conditions. She explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but also about finding joy. The memoir explores the world of mental health with a look at how people can flourish and find happiness despite having mood disorders such as depression. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson is funny and endearing. 

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