Same Time Next Week

“Hope for those seeking help.”

– Booklist

In any given year, one in four Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness–and yet there is still a significant stigma attached to being labeled as “mentally ill.” We hear about worse-case scenarios, but in many–maybe even most–cases, there is much room for hope.

The 18 frank, often intimate true stories collected in Same Time Next Week reflect the writers’ struggles to overcome–both as professionals and as individuals, as current therapists and as former patients–the challenges presented by depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and other mental disorders.

This collection highlights the need for empathy and compassion between therapist and patient, and argues for a system that encourages human connection rather than diagnosis by checklist.


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Author Bio

  • Edited by Lee Gutkind
    Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, and editor of more than 25 books. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Gutkind has lectured to audiences around the world—from China to the Czech Republic, from Australia to Africa to Egypt. 
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • Editor’s Note

  • Foreword

  • Acknowledgments

  • Playing Cards with Mr. Newman

  • Hope Nurtures the Dream

  • Inside

  • Paradise/Lost

  • What Would My Mother Say?

  • The Dictator in My Head

  • In Minnesota Once: On Anorexia, Masculinity, and Recovery

  • Jeannie

  • An American Boy

  • I’m Not a Noun Either

  • Indistinguishable Chairs

  • Salvaging Parts

  • Hitbodedut

  • Live a Little

  • Illusions of Wellness

  • Stalker

  • No Hope? Don’t Believe It

  • Came Down a Person