Here’s a sample of renowned authors fighting stigma with flair:
#1 Alan Garner
Alan Garner is an award-winning English novelist best known for his children’s fantasy novels and his retellings of traditional British folk tales. His notable works include: The Owl Service; The Weirdstone of Brisingamen; The Moon of Gomrath; and Elidor. Originally diagnosed with depression, though anti-depressants didn’t work, he finally received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in 1989.
#2 Marya Hornbacher
Marya Hornbacher is an American author and freelance journalist. Her third book, a memoir, Madness: A Bipolar Life (2008) chronicles the years following her Pulitzer Prize-nominated autobiographical account of her struggle with eating disorders, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. Her most recent book is a recovery handbook, Sane: Mental Illness, Addiction, and the Twelve Steps (2010), written as a guide for people who suffer from both addiction and mental illness.
#3 Robert Munsch
Children’s author Robert Munsch is perhaps best known for his book Love You Forever; which was listed fourth on the 2001 Publisher’s Weekly All-Time Best-Selling Children’s Books list for paperbacks. Munsch has talked openly about his bipolar disorder and revealed he is a recovering cocaine addict and alcoholic. He suffered a stroke in 2008 and has since retired; however, he continues to publish previously written books every year.
#4 Mark Vonnegut
A pediatrician by profession, Mark Vonnegut also sees himself as an artist who, like his famous father before him—celebrated novelist Kurt Vonnegut Jr.—turns to his creative side to cope with psychiatric symptoms. Besides writing, Vonnegut also paints, draws and plays music. He has translated his experiences with psychosis and recovery into two highly praised memoirs: The Eden Express (1975) and Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So (2010)
#5 Kay Redfield Jamison
Kay Redfield Jamison PhD is a clinical psychologist and writer. Her bestselling 1995 memoir, An Unquiet Mind, is a raw and honest story of her own battles with bipolar disorder. Jamison is the author of five books and more than 100 scientific articles about bipolar disorder has become the public face of the disorder. Touched with Fire is her 1993 book about the link between creativity and manic depression. In 1990 she co-authored a textbook Manic-Depressive Illness, with Frederick K. Goodwin, MD (re-issued in 2007.)
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