12 Books for Anxiety and Depression

12 Books for Anxiety and Depression

For many people dealing with anxiety or depression, reading can be a great way to discover new coping strategies, take time for self care, and feel less alone.

There are a ton of great books out there for anxiety and depression that can be relatable, educational, or just plain entertaining.

These recommendations were selected from user posts in the Pacifica Books Community. Have any favorites we didn’t mention? Let us know in the Community.

“In my opinion, any book is an escape from reality. You just sit there and get lost in someone else’s story. It’s fascinating really.”
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  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

    “The Perks of Being a Wallflower…I would highly recommend it for anyone that feels lost or out of place.”
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  1. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

    “‘It’s kind of a funny story’ helped me when dealing with depression.”

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  1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

    “If you haven’t already, I strongly suggest reading 13 Reasons Why. It isn’t the happiest story in the world, but it has helped me countless times.”

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  1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

    “I love Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It describes my life so well and the fact that I can really relate to the main character makes the book even better.”

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  1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

    “Harry Potter is a very uplifting series in my opinion! Sad at times, but Harry and his friends find a way to get back up after falling down!”

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  1. Paper Towns by John Green

    “I love paper towns, I want to travel so bad, and go on road trips with my friends this book helps me feel as though I am experiencing these things. it’s so emotional and heart warming yet the ending makes me so angry but at the same time it doesn’t.”
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  1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

    “The Outsiders by S.E Hinton will forever be an amazing book. After reading it for the first time I understand why it’s been loved for 50 years.”

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  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a great series, hilarious and lighthearted with several brilliant plots.. Definitely would give it a go.”
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  1. The Anxiety Toolkit by Alice Boyes

    “When I started to realize that I had a problem with anxiety, the book “The Anxiety Toolkit” found me one day in the library. It’s by Alice Boyes, who may have wrote this book specifically for me. Haha. When I read it, she described so many aspects of my personality that I never would’ve associated with anxiety. It was truly a game changer. Check it out if you want to learn about anxiety and cognitive behavioral therapy.”
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  1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

    “The power of now by eckhart tolle has helped me so much with my anxiety.”

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  1. Quiet by Susan Cain

    “I don’t know about you guys but I’m an introvert and I found this book called ‘quiet’ and I’ve only just started it but check it out! It’s all about being an introvert.”

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“The best book for introverts who feel out of place or need help finding themselves (also applies to people with anxiety or shyness) is ‘Quiet’ by Susan Cain. It is a great book and always makes me feel better about myself when I’m down.” See Original Post

  1. The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

    “The miracle of mindfulness! It brings me so much peace in the morning!”
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“Read old books, read new books. Read books, man. Just read.”
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Bonus: Not quite books, but still helpful.

 

  • Wattpad

    There is an app called wattpad it lets you write books and read others of your age. It is amazing.”
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These book recommendations were selected from Pacifica’s Books Community. To join and read more from our peer-support community and chat groups, as well as explore other tools designed to manage stress, anxiety, and depression, join Pacifica today (it’s free!).