Feeling down? Read a comic book! Specifically, read one of these comic books about depression and anxiety. Hey, you’re not going through it alone!
Also, if your sadness and nervousness have been bugging you for a while, therapy can be really helpful. About 20% of Americans are in therapy at any given time. It’s a really common, popular, and effective way to manage your mood when it becomes overwhelming! Psychology Today has a great directory of therapists where you can search by location and filter by what issue you’re having, your particular type of insurance, your preferred gender, and more. We encourage you to check them out.
Anxiety Is Really Strange by Steve Haines
This functions as a good first anxiety book for a teenager or older child. It lays out how anxiety works from a physiological standpoint, especially in the nervous system. It’s part of a series that includes a similar examination of trauma.
Tom Freeman, loosely based on Brick, is a mess. Anti-depressants are turning him into a zombie and alternative therapies are messing up his life. Still, if there’s a way out of depression, he’ll find it!
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
Brosh is known as an Internet-famous humorist, but she also chronicles her struggles with depression in her signature MS Paint style. If you’re a fan of her blog, you’ll love the book, too.
Just Peachy by Holly Chisholm
Anxiety and depression are a team in this lighthearted look at mental health. (The tall one is depression, and the winged one – well, you get the idea.) Includes a list of resources at the end!
Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety by Maureen Marzi Wilson
Panic attacks and social awkwardness are par for the course in this endearing biography of obsessive fear. Join Marzi on a surprisingly humorous journey through pointless terror!
My Depression by Elizabeth Swados
Educational and honest, this book talks frankly about the triggers, treatments, and trials of someone who personally struggles with the condition of depression. Like Depresso, it deals heavily with the side effects of medication.
Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously by Adam Ellis
You may know Adam Ellis through his webcomics, which enjoy very wide popularity across the Internet. Here, he discusses his anxiety, which is sometimes crippling and always tough to deal with.
When Anxiety Attacks by Terian Koscik
Here’s one where therapy really, really helps! Discussing coping mechanisms and “I” statements, this book is a great resource for people who aren’t sure if therapy is right for them. (hint: if you or your family or your friends think that therapy might be right for you, you might want to try therapy!)