Brenna Womer

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Aside from WebMD and Google Images—without which I could not have maintained such a debilitating level of health-related anxiety and OCD over the last few years—I'm grateful for the first creative works I read that tackle issues of mental illness and disease with careful craft and in intimate, vivid detail: Susannah Cahalan's Brain on Fire, Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," and the poetry of Anne Sexton. 

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