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TOUGH ISSUES: Upside Down, Inside Out: Mental and Emotional Disorders

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Get well soon

Halpern, Julie, 1975-

TEEN HALPERN

When her parents confine her to a mental hospital, an overweight teenage girl, who suffers from panic attacks, describes her experiences in a series of letters to a friend.

Depression


It's kind of a funny story

Vizzini, Ned, 1981-

TEEN VIZZINI

A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.

Depression


Impulse

Hopkins, Ellen.

TEEN HOPKINS

Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada's Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.

Bipolar
Depression


Cut

McCormick, Patricia, 1956-

TEEN MCCORMI

While confined to a mental hospital, fifteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.

Self-mutilation


Suicide notes : a novel

Ford, Michael Thomas.

TEEN FORD

Brimming with sarcasm, fifteen-year-old Jeff describes his stay in a psychiatric ward after attempting to commit suicide.

Depression


My anxious mind

Tompkins, Michael A.

TEEN 618.9285 TOMPKIN

A teen's guide to managing anxiety and panic.

Anxiety


Dirty little secrets

Omololu, Cynthia Jaynes.

TEEN OMOLOLU

When her unstable mother dies unexpectedly, sixteen-year-old Lucy must take control and find a way to keep the long-held secret of her mother's compulsive hoarding from being revealed to friends, neighbors, and especially the media.

Compulsive hoarding


The impossible knife of memory

Anderson, Laurie Halse.

TEEN ANDERSO

Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a 'normal' life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

PTSD


Chasing shadows

Avasthi, Swati.

TEEN AVASTHI

Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit-- fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner's jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftop to rooftop. But acting like a superhero doesn't make you bulletproof. After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she's chasing Corey's killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly's just running wild-- and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crisis. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?

PTSD


When I was the greatest

Reynolds, Jason.

TEEN REYNOLD

Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

Tourette's syndrome


Playing Tyler

Costa, T. L.

TEEN COSTA

Tyler MacCandless is looking at a bleak future. With his father dead and his mother mentally checked out, Tyler is responsible for his older brother Brandon who's in rehab for heroin abuse--again. With no skills to speak of outside of playing video games, a fast food future is all but a certainty. That is, until the day Tyler's mentor Rick asks him to test a new video game. A good enough score can earn him a place in flight school. But then Brandon goes missing, and Tyler discovers the game is far more than it seems.

ADD/ADHD


The museum of intangible things

Wunder, Wendy, author.

TEEN WUNDER

Best friends Hannah and Zoe, seventeen, leave their down-and-out New Jersey town and drive west chasing storms, making new friends, and seeking the intangibles--audacity, insouciance, happiness--that their lives have lacked.

Bipolar


Th1rteen r3asons why : a novel

Asher, Jay, 1975-

TEEN ASHER

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Depression


The chance you won't return

Cardi, Annie, author.

TEEN CARDI

High school student Alex Winchester struggles to hold her life together in the face of her mother's threatening delusions about being Amelia Earhart.

Depression


The namesake

Parlato, Steven.

TEEN PARLATO

Since the shock of his young father's suicide last spring, Evan no longer cares about the future. Despite his mother's encouragement and the steadfast companionship of his best friend, Alexis, Evan is mired in rage and bitterness. Good memories seem ludicrous when the present holds no hope. Then Evan's grandmother hands him the key--literally, a key--to a locked trunk that his father hid when he was the same age as Evan is now. Digging into the trunk and the small-town secrets it uncovers, Evan can begin to face who his father really was, and why even the love of his son could not save him.

PTSD


Silhouetted by the blue

Jones, Traci L.

TEEN JONES

After the death of her mother in an automobile accident, seventh-grader Serena, who has gotten the lead in her middle school play, is left to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for herself and her younger brother when their father cannot pull himself out of his depression.

Depression


Hold still

LaCour, Nina.

TEEN LACOUR

Ingrid didn't leave a note. Three months after her best friend's suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin's bed.

Depression


Lovely, dark and deep

McNamara, Amy.

TEEN MCNAMAR

In the aftermath of a car accident that kills her boyfriend and throws her carefully planned future into complete upheaval, high school senior Wren retreats to the deep woods of Maine to live with the artist father she barely knows and meets a boy who threatens to pull her from her safe, hard-won exile.

Depression


By the time you read this, I'll be dead

Peters, Julie Anne.

TEEN PETERS

High school student Daelyn Rice, who has been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.

Depression


Sorta like a rockstar : a novel

Quick, Matthew, 1973-

TEEN QUICK

Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression.

Depression
PTSD
Autism Spectrum


Falling into place

Zhang, Amy, 1996-

TEEN ZHANG

One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz's friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life.

Depression


Bluefish

Schmatz, Pat.

TEEN SCHMATZ

Everything changes for thirteen-year-old Travis, a new student who is trying to hide his illiteracy, when he meets a sassy classmate with her own secrets and a remarkable teacher.

Depression


Belzhar

Wolitzer, Meg, author.

TEEN WOLITZE

Jam Gallahue, fifteen, unable to cope with the loss of her boyfriend Reeve, is sent to a therapeutic boarding school in Vermont, where a journal-writing assignment for an exclusive, mysterious English class transports her to the magical realm of Belzhar, where she and Reeve can be together.

Depression


The things a brother knows

Reinhardt, Dana.

TEEN REINHAR

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

PTSD


Bruised

Skilton, Sarah.

TEEN SKILTON

When she freezes during a hold-up at the local diner, sixteen-year-old Imogen, a black belt in Tae Kwan Do, has to rebuild her life, including her relationship with her family and with the boy who was with her during the shoot-out.

PTSD


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