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That's Mental

That's Mental Painfully Funny Things That Drive Me Crazy About Being Mentally Ill

That’s Mental breaks down myths and misconceptions about what it means to be a millennial with mental illness in a darkly funny, but relatable way. In her new book, Rosenberg addresses the overlooked and offbeat issues of mental illness, shedding light on topics that are off-limits,... more

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Overview

That’s Mental breaks down myths and misconceptions about what it means to be a millennial with mental illness in a darkly funny, but relatable way. In her new book, Rosenberg addresses the overlooked and offbeat issues of mental illness, shedding light on topics that are off-limits, uncomfortable, or just downright embarrassing. This book details every challenging and awkward stage of Amanda’s journey with mental illness and how she manages what she calls her, “garden variety crazy.” These pages are a look at the everyday realities of mental illness - the particular kind of torture that is finding a good therapist, the challenges of figuring out the elusive correct mix of medications, and the appropriate responses with how to deal with the friend who insists ‘but you don’t look depressed’.

Amanda Rosenberg is a British comedy writer based in San Francisco. She writes about mental health, pop culture, and tech. She’s an editor for Slackjaw, a satirical online publication with...more

Reviews

unputdownable . . . a gloriously hilarious book.

Medium

For those of us with a diagnosis or two we'd rather not have, That's Mental is like a hug from a friend you were too shy to confide in, but understands anyway. Also that friend is funnier than you.

Maggie Tokuda-Hall, bestselling children's author

Amanda Rosenberg writes in a very funny, wonderfully accessible way about her experience with bipolar II. She uses her experience as a jumping off point for advice that feels like it comes from a candid friend. Then, just when she's got you comfortable, she punches you in the gut with a small snapshot of agonizing grief or a particularly evocative, elegant turn of phrase. Truly, this is my absolute favorite way for a writer to approach a tough subject, and she does it gloriously. May this book serve to make you laugh and to increase your compassion for all who live with mental illness. Perhaps you'll even be kinder to yourself.

Sara Benincasa, author of Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom and Real Artists Have Day Jobs

Brutally honest and hilarious, That’s Mental is an informative read that will have you both laughing and crying.

Women.com

There aren’t a lot of spaces to dive deep and process the emotions of our complex and multi-layered journeys through mental health. We all need it and Amanda brings us into that space with humor, wit, and truth. What’s most refreshing is that her story is unfiltered but gentle. During a time where our culture is shifting, I recommend this book be a part of our shift with my whole heart.

Natasha Vianna, mental health advocate and advisor to Anxy Magazine

In her book That’s Mental, Amanda cements her place as one of the most honest and entertaining voices we’ve heard open up about mental illness. With her, we walk the devastating, but sometimes comfortingly absurd, path of trying to stay alive and thrive in a world we’d much rather avoid.

Julie Ann Horvath, Board Director of Nat. Brut Magazine

Rosenberg draws readers in with her conversational style and then strikes with beautiful, heart-wrenching passages.

Affinity Magazine

This enlightening new read is the perfect book for anyone facing their own struggles in life.

Hadassah Magazine

THAT'S MENTAL is a darkly funny, highly intimate book that feels at home alongside titles like Jenny Lawson’s FURIOUSLY HAPPY or Carrie Fisher’s WISHFUL DRINKING. Which is to say, it’s extremely essential reading.

PureWow

THAT'S MENTAL gathers the dusty doom and darkest gloom of mental disorders she knows firsthand and blows them into the land of chuckles. Along the way, Rosenberg breaks down mental health myths and misconceptions with blistering honesty and brilliant empathy.

The East Bay Monthly

Told with both humor and vulnerability.

Parade Magazine