When Kaysen finally gleans her diagnosis from all her medical records, “Borderline Personality Disorder,” the answer is all the more vague and unsettling. We never truly know whether she was “certifiable” or not, which is perhaps the whole point.
9 Books That Redefine ‘Crazy’
Everyone is a little bit ‘crazy.’ At least that’s my theory. And as a neurologist, I’m quasi-educated on the matter. Do I include myself in that statement? Of course I do! I wouldn’t be a writer if I hadn’t spent some time in therapy. Craziness is in the eye of the beholder, and the line between madness and sanity is often a gray one.
For me, literature has been a way to lessen the stigma of mental illness. Instead of using labels like ‘crazy’ to define a complex human being, these books present complicated characters who show us the nuances of mental illness, creating compassion and awareness.
Here are nine books that redefine ‘crazy’