Genres: Memoir & Autobiography, Mental Illness, Non-fiction
Publication Date: November 6, 2019 Format: ARC
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Award-winning Asian British comedy writer Amanda Rosenberg presents an intimate memoir of confessional essays about the hilarious, inappropriate, and often difficult side to being mentally ill.
That’s Mental breaks down myths and misconceptions about what it means to be a millennial with mental illness in a darkly funny, but relatable way. In her new book, Rosenberg addresses the overlooked and offbeat issues of mental illness, shedding light on topics that are off-limits, uncomfortable, or just downright embarrassing. This book details every challenging and awkward stage of Amanda’s journey with mental illness and how she manages what she calls her, “garden variety crazy.” These pages are a look at the everyday realities of mental illness - the particular kind of torture that is finding a good therapist, the challenges of figuring out the elusive correct mix of medications, and the appropriate responses with how to deal with the friend who insists ‘but you don’t look depressed’.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I love, love, love That’s Mental, and recommend it to EVERYBODY. Seriously, this was such a good book and I think everyone should read it, because it talked about mental health and mental illness in a great way.
In That’s Mental, Amanda Rosenberg shares her story with mental illness, as well as her thoughts on mental illness. I loved this book because it’s funny but it doesn’t minimize how painful and difficult living with a mental illness can be. It’s important to read and understand mental illness, but sometimes we have to be able to laugh at ourselves to make it okay and a little more manageable.
“But guess who doesn’t care what race, religion, or gender you are? *Britney voice*: It’s mental illness, bitch”
Not only is this memoir about Rosenberg’s life with mental illnesses, but the book shares so much information about mental illness in general. It’s important to understand, and Rosenberg states it in the book, that everyone’s experiences are different and that doesn’t mean any experience is more or less valid, but this book does challenge some of the common misconceptions about mental health, mental illness, medication, and the very false claim that having a mental illness makes you creative.
“Anxiousness lets you get on with shit; anxiety doesn’t let you do shit. Anxiousness has a raison d’être whereas Anxiety doesn’t need you pompous French phrases – it doesn’t need anything. It can bubble up from a specific spot in your should, or it can come from nowhere. Sometimes you can feel it coming; other times it surprise tackles you to the ground from a nearby bush.”
There was so much great information in this book, and it was so well written, that I’m forcing people to read this because it’s important, and think there is a lot to take away from this short book. Like I said above, I highly recommend this book to everyone.