AP PSYCH EXAM TODAY*sobs* so for today’s post I did mental illness. I spent most of this year waiting to get to mental illness, only for us to blow right by them.
I haven’t seen many mental illnesses in YA but I don’t generally read the types of books that would have them.
In the brief time we studied mental illnesses I read about some which I attempted to imagine in a YA setting and I am now here to share some of the one’s I’d like to see in YA.
- I’m sure I wouldn’t have to look hard to find a YA book with Depression. It is one of the most common of mental illnesses (the textbook calls it the “common cold” of mental illnesses). However, it is one which constantly plagues people, especially teenagers.
- Anxiety has different forms it can take and different levels of severity. I remember that PTSD is technically a type of anxiety. It would be interesting to see it more often in YA as it is something else that seems rather common among the high school and college population.
- Similarly, anxiety is often made light of when it is awful. Anxiety attacks are hardcore and painful to live through.
- This is another which I find is often made light of. People often look past the part of it that is compulsive. In their obsession, they don’t usually have a choice, it has to be the way it is, they have to do it. It’s terrifying.
- Once again there are varying levels of autism and I think there’s a common misconception about children with autism. Like other unseen illnesses most of the time, no one would recognize a person with autism unless it were severe.
- An anti-social personality disorder
- I feel like this would be the most difficult and concerning of the bunch. These are things such as sociopaths and psychopaths and it would be so strange because it is a personality disorder and they’re that way. There isn’t much in the way of reversing it.
- This is another one which seems drastic when it isn’t always. We spent nearly an entire class on this illness and honestly it’s one of the ones which interests me the most. Most of the hallucinations are auditory and most are able to lead normal lives.
- However, it is still a drastic illness and it would be VERY interesting to see it portrayed in a YA novel.
And that concludes the illness I’d be interested seeing in YA.
To be honested I’d actually like to see a whole host of mental illnesses but these are the ones we JUST studied!
Hopefully there are some questions about them on the AP exam today *bites nails*.
Have you ever read a book with any of these illnesses? What are some mental illnesses you’d like to see portrayed in YA?
Peace and love. Wish me luck.