5 Must-Read Fiction Books About Depression

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A fictional take on a real-life illness.

Books offer an escape from the mundane.

They introduce you to new places and worlds, helping one step back from reality. Not only that, they can also offer insight into problems many of us face, such as mental health illnesses.

Just because a book is fiction, doesn't mean it can't help you figure out how to tackle struggles you continue to face.

If you're having a hard time managing your depression, we've rounded up some fictional books about the disorder that may offer a new perspective on how to handle the mental illness.

These stories take you on a journey on how the characters navigate life, love, loss and deal with their depression. Check them out below!

1. It's Kind of a Funny Story

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New York teen Craig Gilner sets high expectations for his life. Get into the top private school in New York, get into the best college, and get the best job. When he soon realizes he might not be the smartest kid in his school, he begins to spiral. Depression and suicidal thoughts creep over him, causing him to be checked into a mental hospital.

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2. When We Collided

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Jonah Daniels has recently lost his father and his mother falls into a deep depression. He and his five siblings struggle to keep their house and their father's restaurant. Jonah's life changes again when he meets Vivi, the love of his life.

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3. Dr. Birds Advice for Sad Poets

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James Whitman is dealing with anxiety and depression. He is living with his abusive father who has recently kicked out James's older sister from the house. Having a tough life, James tries to see the humor in things while also figuring out why his sister was forced out of the house.

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4. Everything I Never Told You

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A Chinese family living in Ohio goes through a life altering situation when their daughter's body is found. This throws their family balance into chaos, as they try to figure out what happened to their daughter.

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5. Prozac Nation

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The story follows a young woman who has just started her first year at Harvard. The pressures and stress of coursework and life send her down a spiral of depression and anxiety. Author Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote this as a memoir about her own life, which was later made into a movie of the same name.

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