What are the best biographies or memoirs set in asylum?

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    #1Autistic blessings and Bipolar me

    Autistic blessings and Bipolar me
    Autistic blessings and Bipolar me.: A Frank and Brutally Honest Diary of a Mother with Bipolar and Her Two Autistic Boys is a memoir written by E.J. Plows. This was first published in 2015.
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    Lori Roberts
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I enjoyed reading this book over last summer. It held my interest and was honest and relatable. I have recommended it to a few friends."
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    #2An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

    An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

    An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness is a non-fiction psychology book written by Kay Redfield Jamison. This memoir was originally published in 1995.

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    Patricia Perez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a therapist or psychologist who also has a mental illness themselves, this book will give you a taste of what that's like. This goes doubly so given that the author is writing a personal memoir, and not a work of fiction. While the book mentions suicide watches being placed on the author, it does not go into any other therapies or interventions or hospitalizations, so if you're looking for that, this is not that book. But if you're one of many who has been somehow under the impression that psychiatrists and psychologists have an outsider's perspective when it comes to mental illness, this book may be part of convincing you that more have first hand experience of what their patients go through than you might have guessed."
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    #3Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted is written by Susanna Kaysen. With over 100 pages, this book is first published in 1994 by Vintage. In 2000, this book became a bestseller because of a movie based on this book.

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    Aaron Andrews
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I love movies that feature people who are mentally disturbed. Girl, Interrupted nailed it as far as that goes. In addition to the book the movie was based on, this movie really featured the way asylums function. I thought this plot moved well and had great edgy characters."
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    #4Awakenings

    Awakenings

    Awakenings is written by Oliver Sacks narrates the story of a group of patients diagnosed with sleeping sickness following the World War I and how their life changed after taking the drug L-DOPA. 

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    Brandon Douglas
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Awakenings is a shocking memoir that gave me a huge appreciation for the veterans and the sacrifices made. The lives impacted and how they were able to overcome is an inspiring story. The horrors of war and the triumph of the people and help of medicine is an impressive tale. This is very interesting and good lessons."
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    #5I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Hannah Green and Joanne Greenberg is published in 1989. This narrates the story of Deborah who struggles with mental illness as she tries to recover and get back to the real world.

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    Gary Taylor
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "this is just an ok book in my eyes. it is decently written and the story is told well. i just couldnt really get into the subject matter of the book and that is on me and the book. if someone enjoyed this sort of subject matter i am positive they would really enjoy this book. i just found it boring."
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    #6The Last Time I Wore A Dress

    The Last Time I Wore A Dress

    The Last Time I Wore a Dress is a memoir written by Daphne Scholinski sharing her accounts after she committed to a mental institution due to the diagnosis of Gender Identity Disorder to treat the problem. 

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    Christine Elliott
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Nice book and biography!"
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    #7Welcome to My Country

    Welcome to My Country

    Welcome to My Country is an autobiography book written by Lauren Slater. This was originally published in 1996. This memoir will help people understand human condition.

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    Ángela Granados
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Nice book!"
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    #8Insane Asylums

    Insane Asylums

    Insane Asylums: A Detailed Synopsis Of Their History And Mistreatment Of Patients is a book written by Alex Rice. This is the third book in the Psychopath, Sociopath, Mental Illness, Personality Disorders, Mental Health, Insanity series.

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    Andrea Nguyen
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Insane Asylums: A Detailed Synopsis Of Their History And Mistreatment Of Patients is the third entry in Alex Rice's serires, Psychopath, Sociopath, Mental Illness, Personality Disorders, Mental Health, Insanity. It's an in-depth look at asylums, but those interested in first-hand accounts are likely better off finding different book."
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    #9The Matteawan Asylum

    The Matteawan Asylum

    The Matteawan Asylum is a collection of true stories from ward physicians written by Bob Martin. This is the first book in The Asylum for Insane Criminals series. It was published in 2014.

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    Raúl González
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Matteawan Asylum (The Asylum for Insane Criminals Book 1) is an amazing book! Each patient you felt you knew. Each patient had to work through their personal problems in life. Couldn't stop reading it!"
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    #10A Shining Affliction

    A Shining Affliction

    A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy is a non-fiction psychology book written by Annie G. Rogers. This memoir was originally published in 1995.

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    Christina Rivera
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "You hear the term "gut-wrenching" so often that it starts to lose all meaning. But this book was truly gut-wrenching. If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors of a mental health treatment facility, here's your answer."

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Best What are the best biographies or memoirs set in asylum
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Autistic blessings and Bipolar meBooks 34 Paid
2An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and MadnessBooks 29 Paid
3Girl, InterruptedBooks 29 Paid
4AwakeningsBooks 26 Paid
5I Never Promised You a Rose GardenBooks 25 Paid
6The Last Time I Wore A DressBooks 24 Paid
7Welcome to My CountryBooks 21 Paid
8Insane AsylumsBooks 20 Paid
9The Matteawan AsylumBooks 17 Paid
10A Shining AfflictionBooks 15 Paid
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