10 YA Books in Which the Main Character Suffers from Severe Anxiety

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Speaking up about struggles with mental illness is becoming evermore important in our society, especially given the large number of young people who are currently trying to cope with their own anxiety, depression, OCD or another emotional disorder. Mental illness is extremely isolating, but every once in a while a deliciously good book, TV show or movie comes along and you suddenly don’t feel so alone.

In the following young-adult novels, the author creates a beautiful narrative that people with anxiety will be able to see themselves in and will those who want to understand the disorder better with an even deeper knowledge of what daily life is like for someone trying to manage the disorder.