Monday, April 15, 2013

M-Mental Health, Anxiety, Depression and Characters From YA Books



ental Health, Anxiety, and Depression in Teens


Mental illness is a serious health issue that affects a person's thinking, mood, feeling, and ability to function daily. Mental illness includes: depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post tramatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Mental illness can affect anyone, any age, any race, any gender. Nearly one half of all cases begin at age 14. (nami.org)

Here are some characters who deal with mental illness in great YA books...




James Whitman from Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos  struggles with anxiety and depression so he turns to writing and wakes up every morning with a song to himself.








Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a wallflower--shy and introspective, and intelligent. He struggles with depression and mental illness. 







Ceara from The Big Smoke by Cally Jackson suffers from mental illness- generalized anxiety disorder- which is one of the many obstacles she must overcome to find happiness in this new phase of her life.


Don't Forget about the power of three!!!

Head over to Moxie Writers for more on the YA cause/tough issue and organizations that help.

Head over to Susan Oloier's site for a song and lyrics that pertain to today's issue.


Sources: www.cdc.gov, mayoclinic.com, kidshealth.org, nami.org
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