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. 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.

Title

Author

Category

Lucky

Alice Sebold

Abuse

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

Chris A. Zeigler Dendy and Alex Zeigler

ADHD

ADHD and Me: Forty Years in a Fog

Ken Patterson

ADHD

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

Emily Ford

Anxiety

Look Me in the Eye

John Elder Robinson

Autism

I Am Utterly Unique

Elaine Marie Larson

Autism

Little Rainman

Karen L. Simmons

Autism

Nobody Nowhere

Donna William

Autism

A Special Book About Me

Josie Santomauro

Autism

What it is to be me! An Asperger Kid Book

Angela Wine

Autism

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

Luke Jackson

Autism

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Kay Redfield Jamison

Bipolar Disorder

Sugar and Salt

Jane Thompson

Bipolar Disorder

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

Rachel Reiland

Borderline Personality Disorder

Girl, Interrupted

Susanna Kaysen

Borderline Personality Disorder

Skin Game: A Memoir

Caroline Kettlewell

Cutting

Divided Minds

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

Schizophrenia

The Quiet Room

Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett

Schizophrenia

Welcome to My Country

Lauren Slater

Schizophrenia

Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope over Suicide

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

Suicide

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

Nancy Rappaport, M.D.

Suicide

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