I’m currently working on “The Study” chapter of my book Delight in Disorder: Meditations of a Bipolar Mind in which I will reflect on a few books that have had a significant impact on my understanding of my mental illness. I also plan to include an “On the Shelves” section in which I list more resources (literature, visual art, movies, music) worth further exploration.
This is where I could use your help. Below I’ve listed some of the resources I will either review or list. I’d love to hear your experience with “media-depicted madness”. Have any of these works touched you, or do you know of other works I might explore?
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Manic: A Memoir by Terri Cheney
Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness by Patty Duke
Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher
Touched With Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison
Darkness is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness by Kathryn Greene-McCreight
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Dream Team
Benny & Joon
A Beautiful Mind
Vincent (Starry Starry Night) – Don McLean
“Scream” – Edward Munch
“Vase with Twelve Sunflowers” – Vincent Van Gogh
“Spirit of the Dead Watching” – Paul Gaugin
What would you recommend?
(image above “Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night” from Rae Leff in Art I love)