“People ask, How did you get in there? What they really want to know is if they are likely to end up in there as well. I can’t answer the real question. All I can tell them is, It’s easy.”
In a series of darkly comic vignettes, Susanna Kaysen paints a startling picture of life on the ward for teenage girls at the McLean Psychiatric Hospital in the late 60s.
For other memoirs about mental illness, check these out:
Lit by Mary Karr
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel B. Smith