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You’re Not Alone: Moving Memoirs About Anxiety and Depression

by Jennifer Ridgway


Eighteen percent of Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder, up to one in seven women who give birth in the U.S. experience postpartum depression, and suicide is the second leading cause of death in the world for 15- to 29-year-olds. Yet there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health.

As someone who has struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety, I’ve found that books can go a long way to remind me that I’m not alone. Below are some of the many memoirs written by authors who have struggled with anxiety and depression. Not only are they helpful for those who are dealing with these issues, they are also great resources for anyone looking to better understand what anxiety and depression can be like.

What other memoirs about mental health would you recommend?