Behind the Smile: My Journey Out of Postpartum Depression
by Marie Osmond
More than one-out-of-ten new mothers experiences post-partum depression after childbirth. Marie shares the fear and darkness of the post-partum depression she overcame.
Undercurrents: A Life Beneath the Surface
by Martha Manning
Manning, a clinical psychologist, led a busy life as therapist, mother and psychology professor at George Mason University in Virginia when, in 1990, she sank into crippling depression.
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
by Kay Redfield Jamison
Kay Redfield Jamison, a Professor of Psychiatry, tells of her own manic depression, the bitter costs of her illness, and its paradoxical benefits.
Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression
by Nell Casey
A collection of 22 modern essays about depression by writers (several well known) who know their subject intimately.
Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
by William Styron
In 1985 William Styron fell victim to a crippling and almost suicidal depression that he chronicles in Darkness Visible.
The Family Silver: A Memoir of Depression and Inheritance
by Sharon O'Brien
This a touching memoir of the author's experience with depression woven into growing up in an Irish-American family.
House of Happy Endings: A Memoir
by Leslie Garis
A poignant memoir about Garis's journey from childhood into adulthood while learning about her father's struggles with mental illness and how it effected the entire family.
Hurry Down Sunshine: A Father's Story of Love and Madness
by Michael Greenberg
Greenberg, a professional writer, describes with immense clarity the experience of watching his teenage daughter suffer an acute manic psychosis then proceed through various treatments with varying success.
Hidden Victims Hidden Healers: An Eight-Stage Healing Process For Families And Friends Of The Mentally Ill
by Julie T. Johnson
From her experience, Julie Johnson outlines Eight Stages of dealing with someone who has a mental illness.
Helping Yourself Help Others: A Book for Caregivers
by Rosalynn Carter and Susan Golant.
Describes the stages the caregiver progresses through, from first facing the illness or declining health of a loved one to the "long-term, hard-work phase of caregiving."
How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying To Kill Me: One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention
by Susan Rose Blauner
Susan Rose Blauner talks opening about her history of suicidal thoughts, behaviors and hospitalizations, offering guidance to those who are coping with similar circumstances.
In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide
by Nancy Rappaport
Rappaport was only four when her mother, a Boston socialite, died from an overdose. This Harvard Medical School assistant professor delves into her family's troubled history and her parents' turbulent marriage.