Some families and children who have experience with mental illness choose to share their stories. These first-hand accounts can be rich educational tools and therapeutic resources. AACAP’s Consumer Issues Committee has developed a list of bibliotherapy resources. Some of the books listed below are written in the voice of a young child with mental illness and some are fictional stories with themes which could be helpful for patients. Not all are written by patients.The material in some books may not be appropriate for every reader. The clinician should review the material and use clinical judgment before recommending books to specific patients.

Category

Audience

Title

Author

ADHD

Adolescents, Young adults

A Bird's-Eye View of Life with ADD and ADHD: Advice from Young Survivors

Chris A. Zeigler Dendy and Alex Zeigler

ADHD

Young adults

ADHD and Me: Forty Years in a Fog

Ken Patterson

Anxiety

Young adolescents, Adolescents, Adults

What You Must Think of Me: A First Hand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder

Emily Ford

Autism

Adolescents, Adults

Look Me in the Eye

John Elder Robinson

Autism

All

I Am Utterly Unique

Elaine Marie Larson

Autism

All

Little Rainman

Karen L. Simmons

Autism

Healthcare practitioners

Nobody Nowhere

Donna William

Autism

Parents of children with Autism

A Special Book About Me

Josie Santomauro

Autism

All

What it is to be me! An Asperger Kid Book

Angela Wine

Autism

Young adolescents, Adolescents, Adults

Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A user guide to Adolescense

Luke Jackson

Bipolar Disorder

Adolescents, Adults

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Kay Redfield Jamison

Bipolar Disorder

Young adults, Adults

Sugar and Salt

Jane Thompson

Borderline Personality Disorder

Young adults, Adults

Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder

Rachel Reiland

Borderline Personality Disorder

Young adults, Adults

Girl, Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen

Cutting

Young adults, Adults

Skin Game: A Memoir

Caroline Kettlewell

Schizophrenia

Young adults, Adults

Divided Minds

Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, M.D.

Schizophrenia

Young adults, Adults

The Quiet Room

Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett

Schizophrenia

Young adults, Adults

Welcome to My Country

Lauren Slater

Suicide

Adolescents, Adults

Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope over Suicide

Dequincy A. Lezine, Ph.D., with David Brent, M.D.

Suicide

Adolescents, Young adults, Adults

In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide

Nancy Rappaport, M.D.

Trauma

Adolescents, Young adults, Adults

Lucky

Alice Sebold

Trauma

Child, adolescent

A Place for Starr: A Story of Hope for Children Experiencing Family Violence

Howard Schor

Trauma

Child

I Miss You: A First Look at Death

Pat Thomas

Trauma

Child

After Charlotte’s Mom Died

Cornelia Spellman

Trauma

Child

Please Tell! A Child’s Story About Sexual Abuse

Jessie

Trauma

Child

A Terrible Thing Happened

Margaret M. Holmes

Trauma

Child

Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile: A Story About Coping with the Loss of a Parent

Julie Kaplow and Donna Pincus

Trauma

Child

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney

Judith Viorst

Trauma

Child

Tell Me, Papa: A family book for children’s questions about death and funerals

Joy and Marv Johnson

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