24 Books That Are Straightforward About Mental Illness

Because sometimes it’s hard to explain or understand on your own.

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Ozeki tackles depression from two angles — through the protagonist, 16-year-old Nao, who falls into a suicidal depression after moving back to Tokyo; and through Nao's father, who falls into a deeper depression after losing his job.

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After Birth by Elisa Albert

Albert never explicitly names postpartum depression in her 2015 novel on a woman in the first year of motherhood, but Ari's resentment over her experience of childbirth, alienation from the rest of the world, and complicated feelings about her son ring true to the dark and confusing period that often comes, well, after birth.

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This Kid’s Reaction To Stepping In Dog Poop Is Priceless

“SOMEONE GET ME A PAPER TOWEL.”

As a single cry rang out, Nash's parents knew he had experienced something unlike anything else: He stepped in dog poop. And his reaction is everything.

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First of all, let's be clear about one thing: Nash's dog was in full DGAF mode when it all went down.

First of all, let's be clear about one thing: Nash's dog was in full DGAF mode when it all went down.

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Those aren't screams of pain. Those are screams of entering the real world.

Those aren't screams of pain. Those are screams of entering the real world.

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Oh, the agony!

Oh, the agony!

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