Mental Illness in Young Adult Literature: Exploring Real Struggles through Fictional Characters, 1st Edition

  • Kia Jane Richmond
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1440857393
  • ISBN-13: 9781440857393
  • DDC: 813
  • 232 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released April 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This book highlights 21st century American young adult literature that features characters grappling with mental illness. Chapters focus on mental disorders identified by the most recent Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)<\I>, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and OCD, and provide a description including prevalence, demographic trends, symptoms, related disorders, and treatment options before examining a selection of young adult texts in depth. Explores how a mental illness manifests for a particular character, how they are perceived by themselves and others, and what treatment or support they receive. Examines connections between mental illness and race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and identity, and integrates relevant research from education, psychology, and adolescent health. Includes additional readings, and an appendix with strategies for integrating young adult literature into health curricula and other programs.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Related Disorders.
2: Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders.
3: Bipolar Disorder and Related Disorders.
4: Depressive Disorders.
5: Anxiety Disorder and Related Disorders.
6: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders.
7: Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders.
8: Feeding and Eating Disorders.
9: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders.
10: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Suicidal Behavior Disorders.
Resources for Exploring Mental Illness through Young Adult Literature in the Classroom.
About the Author.