Girl, InterruptedWhat other books identify with behavior disorders so clearly?  Specifically, are there any nonfiction books with a male main character which are so candid about psychological issues?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I have to add to the list American Psycho. While the disorders that Patrick Bateman never admits to a mental illness, one definitely exists. The only other novel I can think of is the novel Three by Ted Dekker. This novel is one featuring multipersonality disorder.

I cannot think of any other books which have a male protagonist; female protagonists are far more typical: The Three Faces of Eve and Sybil.

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For fiction books, the first thing that comes to mind for me is the classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  In the case of nonfiction, I am not sure if you want a first-person narrative, but Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking is a frank and humorous portrayal of living with Bipolar Disorder.  A Beautiful Mind is not told from the first-person point of view, but it depicts schizophrenia well.