Tag: mental illness

Worry, Worry: Teen Books about Anxiety

Worry, Worry: Teen Books about Anxiety

Lynn: My husband once said that if worrying was an Olympic sport, I could medal for America. Sadly, he is right: I am a champion worrier! Quite naturally, I was attracted to two new books for teens on the subject. Diana Harmon Asher’s Side Tracked (2017) introduces Joseph Friedman, a middle-schooler with ADD, an overactive […]

Giving Voice to Mental Illness: Challenger Deep and Beyond

Giving Voice to Mental Illness: Challenger Deep and Beyond

It’s not unusual these days for a YA novel to cross over and become a must-read title for adults. Neal Shusterman’s National Book Award winner, Challenger Deep (2015), stands out because the otherwordly adventure it describes isn’t a dystopian adrenaline-fest—it’s the story a schizophrenic teen begins to live inside. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness: “1 in 5 adults […]

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Mental Illness Memoirs: Ellen Forney’s “Marbles” & More

Mental Illness Memoirs: Ellen Forney’s “Marbles” & More

“If suffering like hers had any use, she reasoned, it was not to the sufferer. The only way that an individual’s pain gained meaning was through its communication to others.” Diane Wood Middlebrook, Anne Sexton: A Biography At this year’s Academy Awards, Jennifer Lawrence talked briefly about the stigma that surrounds mental illness after her […]

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