1. Students are required to select and read one of the following books. Each one is an autobiographical
account of the author’s struggle with mental illness (either in him/herself or in a family member).
1.Breakdown, by Stuart Sutherland8.Holiday of Darkness, by Norman Endler2.The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath9. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, by Hannah Green3.A Brilliant Madness, by Patty Duke (Astin)10.His Bright Light, by Danielle Steele4. Darkness Visible, by William Styron11.I Know This Much is True, by Wally Lamb5.The Eden Express, by Mark Vonnegut12.An Unquiet Mind, by Kay Redfield Jamison6.When Rabbit Howls, by The Troops for 13.We Heard the Angels of Madness, by Diane and
Trudi Chase Lisa Berger
7.The Beast: A Reckoning with Depression, 14.Undercurrents: A Therapist’s Reckoning with her ownby Tracy Thompson Depression, by Martha Manning
2.Write a five to seven page paper addressing the following:
a)Briefly summarize the book (tell me what it was about in no more than two or three pages).
b)What were the first signs noticed by the author that suggested something was wrong?c)What signs were noticed by others?d)From what mental illness did the author (or family member) suffer? What other diagnoses, if any, wereapplied before the correct one was identified?e)What forms of treatment were utilized? Were the treatments provided through a professional helper or bythe author him/herself (or both)? Were the treatments successful?f)What surprised you? What did you learn?g)Additional comments.
Note: The paper should be typed and double-spaced, with no larger than a 12 cpi font and one inchborders. The paper will be graded for grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, andorganization, as well as for content.