May 5-11 is Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week. If you suspect that you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder or depression, please see your doctor or talk to a trusted adult.
The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti. Watching the elephants at the zoo helps Jade deal with her panic and anxiety disorder. When she's not at the zoo, she has the webcam up on her computer, so she can always see them. It's in watching the webcam she notices a boy her age in a red jacket, with a baby and sets out to meet them.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. Will Grayson and will grayson are both having a horrible night when they meet each other. will grayson suffers severe depression, something that complicates his relationship with Tiny Cooper, Will Grayson's best friend.
Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos. James Whitman's parents have kicked his older sister out of the house and won't talk about it. They won't pay for the therapy he needs for depression and anxiety, so he consults Dr. Bird, an imaginary pigeon.
Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask by Hilary Smith. Aimed at teens and twenty-somethings who have just been diagnosed with the disorder, this is a no-holds barred introduction to living with bipolar.
Get Well Soon by Julie Halpern. Anna's depression has gotten to the point where her parents check her into a hospital. There she meets other teens who are suffering with mental illness (some are even cute.) Can she get better and fall in love at the same time? Check out the sequel about life when she comes home, Have a Nice Day.
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. When he enrolls at Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, he quickly finds himself in over his head. When the anxiety gets to be too much, he tries to kill himself. When he's in the mental hospital, he finds the space and time to figure out where his depression and anxiety come from.
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. Not really a book about depression, but I love the way Meyer conveys the months Bella loses to depression after Edward leaves. It's stark and spot-on.
Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti. Marissa is eager to put her struggles with anxiety and depression behind her. At the start of her sophomore year, things are looking up, but then it all starts to fall apart and the depression returns.
Black Box by Jill Schumacher. When Dora's hospitalized for depression, her younger sister Elena is saddened by how no one at school acknowledges the absence. When Dora returns, Elena tries her best to care for her sister and hold the family together.
What books on depression and anxiety do you recommend for teens?
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