Book Review: (Don’t) Call Me Crazy

Book Review: (Don’t) Call Me Crazy

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices to Start the Conversation on Mental Health

Kelly Jensen (ed.)

Algonquin Young Readers, 2018.

This essay collection, edited by Kelly Jensen, is an excellent primer on the ways that various brains work. All 33 stories are told from a first person perspective, giving rise to the idea that these are voices with lived expertise, though they are not universal voices.

What does that mean? That the chapters where someone talks about what it is like to live on the autism spectrum may be completely different from how someone in your life experiences it – but it may not. The contributions about ADD, anxiety, depression, etc. therefore are helpful additions to empathy building, but not edicts which say that this is the only truth.

The book also shines by giving additional resources for anyone interested in seeking out more information – both casual and professional. As The Good Doctors LOVE citations, this particularly made me happy.

Overall, this is a valuable resource and one that anyone who works with people should have on their shelf. In terms of our recommended “Empathy Building” reads, this is top of the pile.

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