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

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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Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.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


Reality Boy : a novel

King, A. S. (Amy Sarig), 1970-

TEEN KING

An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell.

Anxiety


Wild awake

Smith, Hilary T.

TEEN SMITH

The discovery of a startling family secret leads seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd from a protected and naive life into a summer of mental illness, first love, and profound self-discovery.

Bipolar


Stupid fast

Herbach, Geoff.

TEEN HERBACH

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of "Squirrel Nut" to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family's past and current problems.

Anxiety Disorder


Dr. Bird's advice for sad poets

Roskos, Evan.

TEEN ROSKOS

A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house.

Anxiety Disorder
Depression


I don't want to be crazy : a memoir of anxiety disorder

Schutz, Samantha.

TEEN 811.6 SCHUTZ

A harrowing, remarkable poetry memoir about one girl's struggle with anxiety disorder. This is a true story of growing up, breaking down, and coming to grips with a psychological disorder. When Samantha Schutz first left home for college, she was excited by the possibilities -- freedom from parents, freedom from a boyfriend who was reckless with her affections, freedom from the person she was supposed to be. At first, she revelled in the independence ... but as pressures increased , she began to suffer anxiety attacks that would leave her mentally shaken and physically incapacitated. Thus began a hard road of discovery and coping, powerfully rendered in this poetry memoir.

Anxiety Disorder


This song will save your life

Sales, Leila.

TEEN SALES

Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.

Depression


The half life of Molly Pierce

Leno, Katrina.

TEEN LENO

Molly, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, has played host to Mabel, a completely distinct personality, for most her life. When Molly faces a crisis Mabel doesn't know she can handle, Mabel lets Molly in on her secrets.

Dissociative disorder


This is how I find her

Polsky, Sara.

TEEN POLSKY

High school junior Sophie has always had the burden of taking care of her mother, who has bipolar disorder, but after her mother's hospitalization she must learn to cope with estranged family and figure out her own life.

Bipolar


Sex & violence : a novel

Mesrobian, Carrie, author.

TEEN MESROBI

Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time. After an assault that leaves Evan scarred inside and out, he and his father retreat to the family cabin in rural Minnesota...which, ironically, turns out to be the one place where Evan can't escape other people. Including himself.

Anxiety


Jerk, California

Friesen, Jonathan.

TEEN CD FIC FRI5469

Plagued by Tourette's syndrome and a stepfather who despises him, Sam meets an old man in his small Minnesota town who sends him on a road trip designed to help him discover the truth about his life.

Tourette's syndrome


The nature of Jade

Caletti, Deb.

TEEN CALETTI

Seattle high school senior Jade's life is defined by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo.

Anxiety Disorder


Complicit

Kuehn, Stephanie.

TEEN KUEHN

Jamie's mother was murdered when he was six, about seven years later his sister Cate was incarcerated for burning down a neighbor's barn, and now Jamie, fifteen, learns that Cate has been released and is coming back for him, blaming him for all the bad things that led to her arrest.

Depression


Boy 21

Quick, Matthew, 1973-

TEEN QUICK

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

PTSD


Forgive me, Leonard Peacock : a novel

Quick, Matthew, 1973-

TEEN QUICK

A day in the life of a suicidal teen boy saying good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.

Depression


Scars

Rainfield, C. A. (Cheryl A.)

TEEN RAINFIE

Fifteen-year-old Kendra, a budding artist, has not felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially since she cannot remember her abuser's identity, and she copes with the pressure by cutting herself.

Self-mutilation


When Mr. Dog bites

Conaghan, Brian, 1971-

TEEN CONAGHA

All seventeen-year-old Dylan Mint wants is to keep his Tourette's in check and live as a normal teen, but during a routine hospital visit he overhears that he is going to die, and in an attempt to claim the life he has always wanted he makes a list of "Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It" and sets out to have some fun.

Tourette's syndrome


Something like normal

Doller, Trish.

TEEN DOLLER

When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother has stolen his girlfriend and car, and he has nightmares of his best friend getting killed but when he runs into Harper, a girl who has despised him since middle school, life actually starts looking up.

PTSD


One thing stolen

Kephart, Beth, author.

TEEN KEPHART

Nadia Cara is in Florence, Italy with her family because her professor father is researching the 1966 flood, but Nadia herself is in trouble--she has turned into a kleptomaniac and she feels detached from everything, except for an elusive Italian boy whom no one but herself has seen.

Kleptomania and dementia.


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