Mental health can be a heavy topic, but sometimes laughter is the best medicine. These 10 books offer a humorous take on mental health, from personal memoirs to fictional stories.
“Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened” by Allie Brosh
Allie Brosh’s book “Hyperbole and a Half” is a hilarious and relatable memoir about her experiences with depression and anxiety. Her cartoon illustrations and witty writing make for a unique and enjoyable read.
“Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson’s book “Furiously Happy” is a funny and poignant memoir about her experiences with mental illness. Her witty and irreverent writing style makes this book a must-read for anyone looking for a laugh while navigating their own mental health journey.
“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini
Ned Vizzini’s book “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is a fictional story about a teenager’s stay in a mental hospital. The book offers a humorous and relatable take on mental health, and the challenges of navigating life as a teenager.
“Reasons to Stay Alive” by Matt Haig
Matt Haig’s book “Reasons to Stay Alive” is a personal memoir about his struggles with depression and anxiety. While the book deals with serious topics, Haig’s wit and humor make for a refreshing and relatable read.
“The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry” by Jon Ronson
Jon Ronson’s book “The Psychopath Test” is a humorous and thought-provoking exploration of mental health diagnosis and treatment. Ronson’s writing style is engaging and witty, making this book both informative and entertaining.
“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath’s classic novel “The Bell Jar” offers a fictionalized account of the author’s own struggles with mental illness. The book is often dark and serious, but Plath’s sharp wit and humor offer a unique perspective on the challenges of living with depression and anxiety.
“The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig
Matt Haig’s novel “The Midnight Library” is a humorous and heartwarming story about a woman who finds herself in a magical library between life and death. The book offers a unique take on mental health, and the importance of finding meaning in life.
“Anxiety Girl” by Lacey London
Lacey London’s book “Anxiety Girl” is a funny and relatable story about a young woman’s struggles with anxiety. The book offers a lighthearted take on mental health, and the challenges of navigating life as a young adult.
“Girl, Interrupted” by Susanna Kaysen
Susanna Kaysen’s book “Girl, Interrupted” is a memoir about her experiences in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s. The book offers a unique perspective on mental health treatment and the stigma surrounding mental illness.
“The Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick
Matthew Quick’s novel “The Silver Linings Playbook” is a heartwarming and funny story about a man’s journey to overcome mental illness and rebuild his life. The book offers a hopeful and optimistic take on mental health, and the power of love and community.
In conclusion, these 10 books offer a humorous and relatable take on mental health. From personal memoirs to fictional stories, these books show that even in the darkest moments, laughter and hope can help us find the silver lining.