(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health

(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health

by Kelly Jensen
(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health

(Don't) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health

by Kelly Jensen


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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.

This award-winning anthology is from the highly-praised editor of Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World and Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616207816
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 109,480
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kelly Jensen is a librarian-turned-editor for Book Riot and Stacked. She's the editor of Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. She loves eating black licorice and debating genre. Follow her on Twitter: @veronikellymars. 

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 What's "Crazy"?

Defying Definition Shaun David Hutchinson 2

Defining the Thing Is the Trick Ashley Holstrom 8

Reading about Trich and Mental Health Ashley Holstrom 15

What I Know and What I Don't Know Dior Vargas 16

What's, Well, "Crazy"? Sarah Hannah Gómez 22

Being Heard and Hating Sound Stephanie Kuehn 27

I Hate to Interrupt This Conversation about Mental Illness, but Guess What-I'm Autistic Mike Jung 32

Autistic Authors Who Mike Jung Thinks Are Great Mike Jung 39

Chapter 2 Where "Crazy" Meets Culture

The Devil Inside Christine Heppermann 42

10 Horror Films about Fear Stephanie Kuehn 49

Manic Pixie Dream Girl S. Jae-Jones 50

Constellations of Scars Monique Bedard (Aura) 58

Constellations of Scars (art) Monique Bedard (Aura) 62

Top 10 Crazies in Fiction S.E. Smith 63

What We're Born with and What We Pick Up along the Way Heidi Heilig 67

Some of the Things Mania Assures Me I Could Totally Be-and Wouldn't It Be Glorious? Heidi Heilig 70

The Alchemy of Healing Emily Mayberry 71

Chapter 3 The Mind-Body Connection

Bless This Mess Amy Reed 80

Loosened Associations Esmé Weijun Wang 87

Meeting Disorder Jessica Tremaine 88

I Underwent Cosmetic Surgery for My Body Dysmorphia … And I Wish I Hadn't Reid Ewing 95

Flattened Susan Juby 99

Dear 14-Year-Old Milck Milck 103

Chapter 4 Beyond Stress and Sadness

Rituals Libba Bray 110

The Five People You Overhear When Depressed at a Van Gogh Exhibit Emery Lord 124

Mystic Gemma Correll 130

Fighting the War on the Home Front Clint Van Winkle 131

Ways to Say "Anxiety" Esmé Weijun Wang 135

The Train of Overthinking Gemma Correll 137

Black Hole Victoria "V.E." Schwab 138

I'm Over Staying Silent about Depression Kristen Bell 144

Telephone Anxiety Gemma Correll 146

Driver's Ed Mary Isabel 147

The Pretender Lisa Jakub 151

Compassion Training: Metta Meditation Lisa Jakub 157

Chapter 5 To be Okay

Coda Meredith Russo 162

Tearing Feelings Apart Yumi Sakugawa 171

The Light Bulb, the Broom, and the Work They Don't Tell You About Kelly Jensen 175

Happiness Goes On Adam Silvera 181

Survival Mode Hannah Bae 186

A Witch's Guide S. Zainab Williams 193

Believe in Yourself Nancy Kerrigan 196

Call Me Crazy S.E. Smith 200

Keep Going Esmé Weijun Wang 209

Resources 211

Contributor Bios 215

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