10 YA Books in Which the Main Character Suffers from Severe Anxiety
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.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie's childhood trauma has never really gone away. He's haunted by the problems of his past and it manifests in social anxiety (perhaps what Stephen means when he says 'Wallflower') as well as daily dull ache deep inside. Some of the words in this book will seriously feel like they came straight out of your diary.
While the novel gives readers a deeper understanding of Charlie and his mental illness, the movie is NEARLY just as good (and we can't complain about Logan Lerman's star role either)!
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