What are the best books about characters with personality disorders?

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    #1One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    This is one of the most imports novels of the 60's and from American history. The unforgettable story of a mental ward and the people living there and the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and McMurphy.

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    Andy Ma
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I have seen the excellent movie that was based on this title, and if the original book is half is good, then it is well-worth reading. As this title takes place in a mental facility, it is full of colorful characters with an array of problems."
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    #2Into the Darkness

    Into the Darkness

    Into the Darkness is a standalone mystery fiction novel written by Maureen A. Nicholl which follows a mall cop who works with a delinquent teenager to search for a kidnapped young woman in an abandoned psychiatric hospital.


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    Lauren Jensen
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I don't think this fits as well as some others would. Probably wouldn't be a solution I would pick. "
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    #3Other People

    Other People
    Other People is a fiction novel written by Kelly O'Callan which centers on the life of shy and socially awkward girl named Ginny who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and her journey in overcoming it. 

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    Amy Jensen
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Other People is a fiction novel which centers on the life of shy and socially awkward girl who has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and how she overcame it. This book is well written and you will be able to identify with the main character and feel for her as she struggles."
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    Sybil: The True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Separate Personalities is written by Flora Rheta Schreiber based on the true story of Sybil Dorsett, who survived a terrible childhood abuse and suffers sudden and mysterious blackouts. 


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    Dorothy Estrada
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "As a social worker (MSW) with a lot of experience in the field, I'm not inclined to endorse this book. Sure, it was seminal when it first hit the shelves. But we don't think of multi-personality disorder the way we did (nor do we call it that). Moreover, the case itself of Sybil has been deconstructed. It's clear that her psychiatrist was over involved and helped create the narrative. So, read it for the historical perspective. And, read it because it will teach you (if you are a new clinician) about what can go very wrong in treatment. It's an important less to all of us. However, if you are looking for good information about personality disorders, move right along. There are better, more modern, and - dare I say it? - truer books out there. "
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    #5An 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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    Asylum by Patrick McGrath was published in 1998. This book is about Stella Raphael who meets Edgar Stark, who murdered his wife die to his psychological conditions.


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    William Moreno
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Some friends and I picked this book to read for a book dicussion group. I thought maybe it would be dark and haunting in a kind of spooky way, like Shirley Jackson's "House on Haunted Hill" and so forth. I was disappointed on that end, but that doesn't mean this isn't a very well written book. The main thing that struck me about this book was that its entirely accurate picture of what a depressive state can do to one's mind and attitudes about things happening in their life is contagious; I walked away from this book feeling incredibly depressed! Maybe I empathize too much, but I found the feelings depicted here to be very accurate, so maybe that makes the book a little more educational. One of the very good things about this book is the narrator; I particularly liked that aspect. Overall, a very well written book but perhaps too dark in a realistic way for some people."
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    #7Running with Scissors

    Running with Scissors

    Running With Scissors is a New York Times bestselling memoir written by Augusten Burroughs, originally published in 2002. In 2006, a film adaptation of the book came out, directed by Ryan Murphy.


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    Andrea Nichols
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book is excellent quirky and funny. Recommend this book to everyone."
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    #8Girl, 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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    Ajay Jayaraman
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Having seen the movie, it was interesting to read the book. I know that a lot of the movie was for dramatic affect, but the book honed in on a lot of the feelings/emotions/problems that many people in the world today feel. Knowing that had we lived decades earlier, many would have been placed in the same types of facilities makes me glad that I live now and sad that people had to endure such travesties"
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    Fingersmith is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Sarah Waters which centers on orphan Sue Trinder who is living with Mrs. Sucksby and her family, and her love interest who is also an orphan. 

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    Alexander Spencer
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I am not sure if thats the what the premise is about at all"
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    #10Project 17

    Project 17
    Project 17 is a standalone fantasy paranormal novel written by Laurie Faria Stolarz which centers on the happenings at the Danvers State Hospital in Hathorne Hill, near Boston where local believe the mental institution has been haunted. 

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    Pranav Nair
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised. An institutional horror story that actually had an interesting plot. It was more than just horror but and interesting story. "
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    #11Exile (Garnethill)

    Exile (Garnethill)
    Exile is the second book in the mystery fiction series Garnethill written by Denise Mina which centers on Maureen O'Donnell who tries to find the truth behind the hidden past of Ann Harris. 

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    Juan Knight
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "And eventually, the so longed and impatiently awaited sequel of the Garnethill is finally there. The intrinsic and implicit, yet captivating thriller with crime solving world continues to catch us in intriguing world of forensics and reasoning. I ought to say that after reading many Sherlok Holmes related crime solving talents, Maureen O'Donnell is showing reasonable signs to be elevated to that position. The story-telling line and unveiling of mysteries is very well defined and incorporated into the reader's smooth flow of getting into the story. If you like the mystery, I can definitely state that you would find yourself totally immersed and wrapped up in Exile."
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    #12The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

    The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
    The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall is a standalone young adult paranormal novel written by Katie Alender which centers on Delia living in the new house that was previously used as an asylum and now has trapped her. 

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    Bryan Brewer
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I haven't read a book that was set in an asylum other than ghost stories, but this book definitely hit the mark. I enjoy paranormal novels from time to time, and especially ones with interesting characters."
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    #13Monkey Taming

    Monkey Taming

    Monkey Taming is a standalone young adult novel written by Judith Fathallah which centers on teenager girl named Jessica who has spiraled down into madness and was admitted to a psychiatric unit to become better. 


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    Brian Rose
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book covers a young girl's struggle with an eating disorder. It manifested itself unto the point where she had to go to a psychiatric unit. It was very engrossing and honest, even humorous at times. "
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    #14Suicide Notes

    Suicide Notes

    Suicide Notes is a standalone young adult novel written by Michael Thomas Ford which centers on 15-year-old boy Jeff who wakes up on New Year's Day in the psychiatric ward of a hospital.


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    Jesse Berry
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Fantastic read that was well written. Michael Thomas Ford is an excellent autor whos knows how to write with depth and substance."
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    Impulse is a young adult fiction novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. This is the first novel in the Impulse series, and it was first published in 2007.


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    Steven Clark
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading this book and it was something different from the norm for me. Very well written and the story flows quite well."
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    #16Impulse Control Disorders

    Impulse Control Disorders

    Impulse Control Disorder is a book by Christine A. Adamec. Published in 2008, it discusses the most common impulse control disorders and their treatments. The book is edited by Christine Collins with the foreword provided by Pat Levitt.


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    Leonardo Romo
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Well, this is a more informative book than it is actually about any characters. I learned a lot from it, but it wasn't what I was looking for at all."


Best What are the best books about characters with personality disorders
1One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestBooks 36 Paid
2Into the DarknessBooks 31 Paid
3Other PeopleBooks 29 Paid
4SybilBooks 27 Paid
5An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and MadnessBooks 21 Paid
6AsylumBooks 19 Paid
7Running with ScissorsBooks 16 Paid
8Girl, InterruptedBooks 14 Paid
9FingersmithBooks 13 Paid
10Project 17Books 10 Paid

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