Life Inside My Mind by Jessica Burkhart

Life Inside My Mind

Your favorite YA authors including Kami Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, Maureen Johnson, and more recount their own experiences with mental illness in this raw, real, and powerful collection of essays that explores everything from ADD to PTSD.Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t get out of bed? Not the occasional morning, but every single day? Do you find yourself listening to a voice in your head that says “you’re not good enough,” “not go...

Details Life Inside My Mind

TitleLife Inside My Mind
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreNonfiction, Health, Mental Health, Short Stories, Autobiography, Memoir, Mental Illness, Anthologies

Reviews Life Inside My Mind

  • Lydia
    OMG someone else has these thoughts and feelings too
  • The Book Girl (Andrea)
    Trigger Warning. This book may trigger or upset you if you or someone you love struggles with these mental illnesses; ADD, Addiction Alzheimer's, Anorexia, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Bulimia, and Suicide are all mentioned repeatedly in this book. This was really a truthful and honest look at mental illness from a variety of people. It was so interesting for me to see how different people struggle and experience mental illnesses. I struggle with a...
  • Alicia
    Woah. Yes. Certainly taken as a whole the book (a collection of stories) is certainly overwhelming since the theme of the book is authors sharing their personal struggles with mental health in some capacity. For many it is depression or anxiety but it covers an older family members' struggle with Alzheimers, but then covers the negative affects of drug use and abuse as is Ellen Hopkins' story about her young grandson dealing with PTSD. They are p...
  • Amanda (StarDustPanda)
    (Warning this book may upset you if you have or if you have someone you love who has these mental illness : Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADD, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer, Bulimia, Anorexia, Addiction, Body Dystopia and Suicidal)Jessica is my favorite author so I was really excited when I learned about this book I’ve been dealing with my depression and anxiety since I was 18 though I think I had them long before that I just thought it was normal an...
  • Catherine
    This book does hit close to home, especially if you or someone you love suffers from mental illness but it is extremely relatable. That’s what made it so well done. It was wonderful to hear real stories from authors I admire and go “ I’m not the only one.” This book is definitely something many people should have in their arsenal and I would especially recommend it to those who want to try to understand what their loved ones are g...
  • Brandi
    This title does a beautiful job of illustrating how mental illness affects everyone differently and makes clear that there is no single treatment that will be right for all. These essays are raw and powerful, but might be triggering for readers who suffer from the illnesses presented. Yet, each author implores readers to get help (professional help) and ultimately presents an “it can get better” mentality. An excellent resource for high schoo...
  • Jenn
    Closer to 3.5. Like a lot of anthologies, some of the essays I loved and others not as much and with so many authors with similar experiences, I felt it got a bit repetitive after awhile. Was still worth the read.
  • Lauren
    A very eye opening collection of essays describing each author's relationship with mental illness. I would not say this was an "enjoyable book" but rather, quite educational and a great window into what a person might experience when struggling with mental illness.
  • Rachel
    Life Inside My Mind is a heart-warming book about mental illnesses. This book is made up of a series of essays. These essays are written by 31 authors and about their struggles being mentally disabled, or having someone who is mentally disabled close to them. It tells readers that they are not alone, how to live with mental illnesses, and what it means to have a mental illness. I recommend this book to anyone who has a mental illness or who is cl...
  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got for review via Edelweiss.Look, I’m constantly mentioning the fact that I’m mentally ill on this site. Generalized anxiety disorder, depression, OCD/dermatillomania. Psychiatric meds have saved my life and anyone who wants to fight me on that does in fact forfeit their life to me because DON’T YOU EVEN TRY IT, I WAS NEAR DEATH WITHOUT THEM.Ahem. That said, is it really a surpr...
  • Katie
    This was such an honest, truthful look at mental illness from a variety of perspectives. Seeing how different people experience mental illnesses (that society tends to lump together as a singular experience) in such different ways was eye opening. I liked how no one prescribed a “right way” to live with mental illness, even subtly. Each essay expressed that the writer was sharing what worked for them, not what would work for every person. I t...
  • Mayela
    A really good collection of short essays about people who've gone through mental health problems and are still fighting, still showing up. Perhaps not recommended for people currently going through a severe mental health crisis since, sadly enough, reading about it can make it worse. But I would 100% recommend it to anyone who has loved ones going through a rough time with their mental health or to anyone who feels stable enough in their journey ...
  • Jessica McAllister
    Anthologies are so hard for me to rate. Overall, this was an ok read for me. It didn't blow me away but there were good pieces in here that were relatable. I received an ARC of the book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Oh so important. Every essay in here is great.
  • Lucy ❁♡ ★
    This is an anthology of essays by various authors sharing their experience with mental health. This is a topic that I am extremely passionate about and is very close to me, so I was cautious about this book. It’s such a sensitive subject matter that it needs to be handled with extreme care. And it was. This book was honest, raw and authentic and it didn’t in any shape or form glamourise mental Illness, but gave accurate portrayals of it. What...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    Jessica Burkhart took 31 authors --- herself included --- to make an incredible collection of essays about mental health called LIFE INSIDE MY MIND: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles. Some of these authors include but are not limited to Dan Wells, Elle Hopkins, Tom Pollock, Lauren Oliver and --- of course --- Jessica Burkhart also contributes to LIFE INSIDE MY MIND. LIFE INSIDE MY MIND might be her first book about mental health but LIFE ...
  • Lynndell
    The authors bear their souls to help others dealing with personal struggles!Thanks to NetGalley and Simon Pulse for the opportunity to read and review Life Inside My Mind by numerous authors!Thirty-one authors share their experiences in dealing with mental illness within the pages of this book. Maureen Johnson discusses her anxiety and how meditation and slowing down her schedule helped and continues to help her. I like her comparison of anxiety ...
  • sara kassam
    "While anxiety is like a faulty house alarm that keeps going off even though no one is breaking into the house, for me, depression is like that stage-five-clinger, toxic friend who comes around every so often and is super hard to shake" This is exactly what I needed to read at this point in my life. This book is a compilation of essays from 31 different authors as they share their own personal mental-health struggles. There were so many things t...
  • Ben Truong
    Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Shares Their Personal Struggles is an anthology of essays (mainly narrative and descriptive essays) about mental illness and takes aims at ending the shame and stigma for having a mental illness. It is a collection of approximately thirty real life situations written by various Young Adults authors for the youth of today and edited by Jessica Burkhart.This anthology not only explores how to cope and live with many ...
  • Liz Overberg
    This is an anthology of essays from 31 diverse young adult authors. Each essay focuses on the author's own experience (or loved one's experience) with mental illness.I read each essay in a row, and approaching the book this way did make it feel repetitive, but I imagine a teen reader would enjoy skimming some essays and focusing more carefully on others.The essays are short, hopeful, and focused on healthy ways to approach and treat mental illnes...
  • Lisa Rowland
    Overall, this was a pretty solid anthology of essays. I enjoyed the variety of experiences and advice, and I felt like the essays covered a pretty good range. Naturally I enjoyed some essays more than others, but while a couple made me think "that was weird" they were all pretty well written.My major issues with the book were actually editorial, and they were just a nuisance in the back of my mind as I read rather than a true hindrance. A) Let's ...
  • Kellee
    This was a really honest book full of experiences by multiple authors battling mental health issues. It is so nice sometimes just to hear someone else is struggling with the same symptoms or thoughts as you.A couple essays really resonated and made me cry, while a few didn't really connect with me (like any collection of essays), however I really am glad I read this book and would definitely recommend it for anyone else struggling out there.Being...
  • Adriana
    I can't recommend this enough. It should be in every library, counselor's office, and classroom.If you have any kind of mental health problem, it will show you that you are not alone and that there is a way forward. Not every essay/author talks about the same problems, but they all point to the fact that there is a way to manage and survive with many kinds of mental health issues. There are tips, suggestions, and just plain old good vibes to ligh...
  • Barbara
    Thirty-one YA authors share their own experiences or those of someone close to them in dealing with various types of mental illnesses. The essays are all honest and show that the fears and anxieties that many of us have are not as uncommon as we might think. Despite the progress that has been made when it comes to how we treat and react to mental illness, several of the stories also make it clear just how far we have to go since these are issues ...
  • Carro Herdegen
    Language – R (47 swears + 2 censored swears, 4 “f” + 2 censored “f”), Mature Content – PG13; Violence – PG13; These 31 authors get down into the details of their realities, whether they themselves or those they love deal with mental illnesses. The difficulty for each of these authors to gather courage to share their experiences can be felt in each page as they address topics like anxiety, ADHD, depression, therapy, OCD, self-injury,...
  • Tasha
    This nonfiction book for teens is a brutally honest look at mental illness and how over thirty well-known authors of young adult books have faced their own struggles. It is a book of short personal tales of how mental illness entered their lives, took them over, turned them upside down. It is a book always though about hope, about tools that work sometimes but not always, drugs that help but may not work for everyone, thought processes that offer...
  • Lili Kim
    As with many books with compilations of stories, I found that some did and did not resonate with me. Especially when it comes to mental illness, we can be more judgmental versus with other topics. However, Jennifer Armentrout reminded me that "we fail to realize that sometimes we're 'othering' people when actually discussing 'othering' of people." True that!I could totally relate to Dan Wells when it comes to my experience with Alzheimer's. It is...
  • Sarah
    In this collection of essays, several authors give insight into how mental illness has impacted their lives. While some essays focus on their personal struggle with mental illness, others express the impacts of friends and family with mental illness. This work created a well-rounded look at the ripple effect of mental illness within our lives and in society. Authors explain their journey to mental health and provide concrete explanations of what ...
  • Mara
    Well done and timely collection of short stories by authors who suffer, or love someone who suffers, from mental illness. I can see how someone unfamiliar with the particulars of mental illness could feel overwhelmed reading this title. The authors take a variety of tones when writing about their individual situations but all are honest and give details that might make some readers uncomfortable. I do not think this should be a deterrent, however...