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(Don't) call me crazy : 33 voices start the conversation about mental health
1st ed.
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225 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
What's "crazy"? -- Where "crazy" meets culture -- The mind-body connection -- Beyond stress and sadness -- To be okay.
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An anthology of essays and illustrations that illuminate mental health topics in a straightforward way. --


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Book 616.890092 DON 1 1
Book 616.890092 DON 1 1
Book 616.890092 DON 1 1
Book 616.890092 DON 1 1
Book 616.890092 DON 1 1

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A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2018

Who's Crazy?

What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when a label like that gets attached to your everyday experiences?

To understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because there's no single definition of crazy, there's no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things--wild? extreme? disturbed? passionate?--to different people.

In (Don't) Call Me Crazy , thirty-three actors, athletes, writers, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and illustrations that explore a wide range of topics:

their personal experiences with mental illness,
how we do and don't talk about mental health,
help for better understanding how every person's brain is wired differently,
and what, exactly, might make someone crazy.

If you've ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages . . . and let's get talking.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Opening up about mental health is difficult but necessary, asserts the editor of this thought-provoking anthology. Libba Bray personifies her obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety, while Stephanie Kuehn describes life with misophonia. Adam Silvera dispels the myth that successful or cheerful individuals don't experience depression; Emery Lord seethes at the ignorant remarks about suicide she overhears at a Vincent van Gogh exhibit. Contributors also examine gender, sexuality, and ethnicity, as in Hannah Bae's exploration of her Korean family's reluctance to seek help for her mother's schizophrenia. The rare lackluster entry never detracts from the whole. As in Jensen's Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World, illustrations and a peppy design enhance this scrapbooklike volume. VERDICT Misconceptions about mental health still abound, making this honest yet hopeful title a vital selection for libraries.-Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

A lively, compelling anthology about mental health by over 30 contributors from a variety of backgrounds.The essays in this collection about mental health are accompanied by graphics, a list of novels to explore, and photographs, among other formats. Recurring themes include paying attention to the power of language and labels, the necessity of support and community, and the importance of normalizing conversations about mental health issues. Essays are mostly brief, highly personal accounts that discuss individual experiences with various conditions ranging from depression and bipolar disorder to trichotillomania and misophonia. Adam Silvera explains why he writes sad stories for teens and the meaning behind his Happiness Goes On tattoo. Libba Bray offers insights in the form of a dialogue among herself, her OCD, and her anxiety while seated on an airplane. The entries from artists, actors, journalists, authors, poets, illustrators, musicians, athletes, and bloggers offer inspiration and guidance both by example and through more explicit advice, with contributors representing different genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. While the loose structure disorients at times, making some entries feel randomly thrown together, the raw, informal approach to the subject matter will highly appeal to young people who crave understanding and validation. A valuable addition to library collections and for use by school counselors.This highly readable and vital collection demonstrates the multiplicity of ways that mental health impacts individuals. (resources, contributor bios) (Nonfiction. 13-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Jensen (Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World , 2017) gathers together another varied, empowering collection of personal essays, poetry, artwork, and comics about the many ways people experience mental illness. Confessional and conversational, the contributions cover a wide array of conditions, treatments, and ways to manage symptoms, and while it can occasionally be a mixed bag, the best contributions are deeply resonant. Shaun David Hutchinson emphasizes that Depression . . . may live in your skin, but it does not control you ; Emery Lord recounts visiting a Van Gogh exhibit during a depressive episode in a stirring, sharply funny essay; Hannah Bae describes how her troubled homelife contributed to her own disordered thinking; and Monique Bedard offers a moving prose poem about the pernicious, lasting effects of the systemic abuse of Native women. With this diverse array of contributors offering a stunning wealth of perspectives on mental health, teens looking for solidarity, comfort, or information will certainly be able to find something that speaks to them. Resources and further reading make this inviting, much-needed resource even richer.--Sarah Hunter Copyright 2018 Booklist

Table of Contents

Shaun David HutchinsonAshley HolstromAshley HolstromDior VargasSarah Hannah GómezStephanie KuehnMike JungMike JungChristine HeppermannStephanie KuehnS. Jae-JonesMonique Bedard (Aura)Monique Bedard (Aura)S.E. SmithHeidi HeiligHeidi HeiligEmily MayberryAmy ReedEsmé Weijun WangJessica TremaineReid EwingSusan JubyMilckLibba BrayEmery LordGemma CorrellClint Van WinkleEsmé Weijun WangGemma CorrellVictoria "V.E." SchwabKristen BellGemma CorrellMary IsabelLisa JakubLisa JakubMeredith RussoYumi SakugawaKelly JensenAdam SilveraHannah BaeS. Zainab WilliamsNancy KerriganS.E. SmithEsmé Weijun Wang
Introductionp. xi
Chapter 1 What's "Crazy"?
Defying Definitionp. 2
Defining the Thing Is the Trickp. 8
Reading about Trich and Mental Healthp. 15
What I Know and What I Don't Knowp. 16
What's, Well, "Crazy"?p. 22
Being Heard and Hating Soundp. 27
I Hate to Interrupt This Conversation about Mental Illness, but Guess What-I'm Autisticp. 32
Autistic Authors Who Mike Jung Thinks Are Greatp. 39
Chapter 2 Where "Crazy" Meets Culture
The Devil Insidep. 42
10 Horror Films about Fearp. 49
Manic Pixie Dream Girlp. 50
Constellations of Scarsp. 58
Constellations of Scars (art)p. 62
Top 10 Crazies in Fictionp. 63
What We're Born with and What We Pick Up along the Wayp. 67
Some of the Things Mania Assures Me I Could Totally Be-and Wouldn't It Be Glorious?p. 70
The Alchemy of Healingp. 71
Chapter 3 The Mind-Body Connection
Bless This Messp. 80
Loosened Associationsp. 87
Meeting Disorderp. 88
I Underwent Cosmetic Surgery for My Body Dysmorphia ... And I Wish I Hadn'tp. 95
Flattenedp. 99
Dear 14-Year-Old Milckp. 103
Chapter 4 Beyond Stress and Sadness
Ritualsp. 110
The Five People You Overhear When Depressed at a Van Gogh Exhibitp. 124
Mysticp. 130
Fighting the War on the Home Frontp. 131
Ways to Say "Anxiety"p. 135
The Train of Overthinkingp. 137
Black Holep. 138
I'm Over Staying Silent about Depressionp. 144
Telephone Anxietyp. 146
Driver's Edp. 147
The Pretenderp. 151
Compassion Training: Metta Meditationp. 157
Chapter 5 To be Okay
Codap. 162
Tearing Feelings Apartp. 171
The Light Bulb, the Broom, and the Work They Don't Tell You Aboutp. 175
Happiness Goes Onp. 181
Survival Modep. 186
A Witch's Guidep. 193
Believe in Yourselfp. 196
Call Me Crazyp. 200
Keep Goingp. 209
Resourcesp. 211
Contributor Biosp. 215
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