A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind: Survival Techniques for Staying Sane
'A really clear, funny, useful guide to mental health.' Keith Stuart, author of A Boy Made of Blocks
'Warm, welcoming and wise.' Red magazine
'This is a funny, brutal, kind, sobering, remarkably brave and clear-eyed book. Compelling and necessary.' Warren Ellis, author of Normal, Gun Machine and Transmetropolitan
'Emily Reynolds is a brilliant writer on an important subject. And hilarious too.' Adam Rutherford
'This book isn't just brilliantly written and welcoming in its tone; it's honest, practical and important. It is going to help so many people - including friends and family who desperately want to help a loved one but don't know how.' Emma Gannon, author of Ctrl Alt Delete
Emily Reynolds is mad. After years of trying - and failing - to cope with her symptoms, she was finally diagnosed as bipolar in her early twenties. Since then Emily has been on a mission to find the best way to live with her illness, and now she wants to share that knowledge with you. Living with mental illness is isolating, infuriating and painful - but also very boring and, sometimes, kind of gross. A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind is a companion to make the journey feel a little less lonely.
A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind gives you tips on:
How to deal with exam pressure at school and university
How to date when you are mentally ill (and what to expect when you're on the other side)
Navigating the internet and the online mental health community
Handling self-harm and suicidal thoughts
Diagnosis, treatment and maintaining your mental health
A blackly funny, deeply compassionate and extremely practical book, A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind is a candid exploration of mental illness that is both a personal account of what it's like to live with mental illness and a guide to dealing with and understanding it.
Emily Reynolds is a journalist specialising in mental health, technology, science and feminism, writing for WIRED, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, and VICE among others. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her early twenties, and since then has been raising awareness and supporting other young people with mental health issues. She also co-founded the Words by Women Awards in 2016.