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Research and Reading Map for Teachers: Books for Students Coping with Mental Illness

The Long List

Anxiety Disorders

  • The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
  • The Boyfriend List by E. Lockart (anxiety, panic attacks)
  • Compulsion by Heidi Ayarbe
  • Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson (anxiety) 
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (anxiety) 
  • I Don't Want to be Crazy by Samantha Schutz
  • Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo 
  • The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
  • Not As Crazy As I Seem by George Harrar 
  • OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
  • OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn
  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter (stuttering)
  • Say What You Will by Cammi McGovern
  • A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie by Matt Blackstone
  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (anxiety)
  • Total Constant Order by Crissa-Jean Chappell
  • Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez 

Bipolar Disorder

  • Chasing the Milky Way by Erin E. Moulton
  • Crazy by Amy Reed (bipolar)
  • The Dark Side of Innocence by Terri Cheney (memoir)
  • Electro Boy by Andy Behrman
  • Manic by Terri Cheney (memoir)
  • The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder
  • The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun 
  • The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
  • This is How I Find Her by Sara Polsky
  • Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

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