• That's Mental

  • Painfully Funny Things That Drive Me Crazy about Being Mentally Ill
  • By: Amanda Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Amanda Rosenberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (516 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

That's Mental breaks down myths and misconceptions about what it means to be a millennial with mental illness in a darkly funny, but relatable way. In her new book, Rosenberg addresses the overlooked and offbeat issues of mental illness, shedding light on topics that are off limits, uncomfortable, or just downright embarrassing. This book details every challenging and awkward stage of Amanda's journey with mental illness and how she manages what she calls her "garden variety crazy."

"I'm writing this book because it's important, because people need a laugh, and because it's the book I wish I'd read before I lost my entire mind," explains Rosenberg. "It's everything that drives me crazy about being crazy," she says.

Rosenberg hopes her book stands to be a voice for millenials, a generation who, for the most part, are overworked, underpaid, and yet broadly labeled as spoiled brats. This candid and deeply revealing look into mental illness is filled with confessional essays about the inappropriate, devastating, and strangely amusing side to being mentally ill.

©2019 by Amanda Rosenberg (P)2019 by Blackstone Publishing

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Thank you. Might stay alive a little bit longer!!

I can not express how this has affected me. I am an alcoholic (still drinking) that has tried all the recovery shit. Unfortunately I have waited a long time for something to possibly address the underlying issues. This audio book has gave me a different direction in which to pursue. Thank you for possibly saving my life. My wife and children thank you as well. I had no idea I had a mental illness. Just thought I was broken beyond repair like AA tells me I am because I can’t get sober. Michael. Oklahoma City OK.

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You’re Not Alone.... and who doesn’t love to hear the book read by the author!

Funny story about how one young woman handled the S&S of onset to full blown bi polar diagnosis.

Great comic and tragic read for those with bi polar. Amanda writes about her own experience as an individual, a co worker, and a child. Most importantly, the candid author, and the readers hear from, her husband.... his experience of visiting mental hospitals, beyond casual dating, marrying, and living with someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

A few solid tips from her spouse...... speaking for myself, I’d LOVE TO FLUSH EVERY PILL DOWN THE F...ing SEWER..... exactly as most people on psych meds.....hating the names and side effects..... and truly knowing if I go off meds, trouble’s a brewing!

Amanda has a quick wit about how she thought/ thinks both inwardly and how those thoughts manifest in actions...... and may I dare say acceptance and ultimately through temporary control to stabilization of her disease...... thanks dad.... it’s often inherited.

She pulls no punches. This is a book for patients, loved ones and co workers. It will live on as a book about bi polar disease, it’s diagnosis and treatment in 2019. If you’re a fan of the history of asylums and mental illness in the 1800’s and early 1900’s (think Kathleen Kennedy), this author is for you.

If she decides to parent, I’d love another volume on that subject.

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Excellent performance and loved her dark humor!

I really enjoyed this and really have to give the author credit for diving in head first using self-deprecating humor to keep the listener engaged so that she was able to discuss and educate the reader about the experience of being mentally ill, in particular bipolar, manic episodes as well as things like psychosis, suicide attempts and mental institutions. these subjects are often just too uncomfortable for the average person to hear about or even think about at times yet I have to say there was no point throughout the entire book where it felt to dark or uncomfortable to listen to. also the author did an outstanding job with the narration of this book. Her writing style is very unconventional so it pretty much had to be her in order to put the proper inflections and emphasis on words and phrases throughout the book. There's no way another narrator could have hit all of her sarcastic jokes etc. it was best for her to read it herself and she really nailed it! it may be the best narration I've ever heard!

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Fucking WOW!!!♥️

I see myself in this book and my sister my mom and others
I won’t just listen to this 1 x
It will be my go to book
Your hysterical and awesome
I absolutely thank you for this info at 55 years old
I wish I heard this at 22
Thank you again

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Read it, listen to it...whatever. Just do it.

Perfectly imperfect. Absolutely the perfect narration, I couldn't imagine anyone else reading this. Thanks, Amanda 💕.

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Spot on!

I highly recommend this book to everyone!!!
Those who have mental health issues, and those who judge or don’t know a damn thing about it.
Not only did I relate, I love humor!
It’s a mental health thing.

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Funny & thoughtful, with a wonderful performance

Amanda's funny even when you can't hear her, but the addition of her narration makes the jokes land harder & the thoughtful bits thinker. It's a wonderful book—certainly funnier than any other on the subject—and if you've suffered any kind of mental illness at all, or know someone who has (you do!), get this book ASAP!

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Almost...

I was invested in getting thru the entire book because the humor-serious mix was really good. Then she killed the entire story at the di al 2 hours...the author blamed all the violence on "white men". "It's only white men that own assault rifles, it's only white men that abuse different races, it's only white men..."blah, blah, blah. Wow. I nearly thru my headset across the room, I was so angry. I'll dump this book out of me Library, what an uneducated person!

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Self indulgent

Author seems self indulgent, self absorbed and inauthentic. She’s not likable or relatable. Could barely finish the book. Overall very poor memoir.

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I needed this book

Thank you! This helped me to know It’s ok to not be “normal” This has helped me more than any counselor has. I can’t say it enough.