This month it is Mental Health Awareness Month in Australia. I wanted to publish a post relating to mental health every day of the month so that I can personally raise awareness. You can find all posts, posted & upcoming on my schedule. In this post, I wanted to share my Top 5 Anxiety Fiction Books that I have read.
Anxiety Fiction does not cause anxiety to start but can be a great coping mechanism for those who are struggling, both during & after anxiety episodes. It can also be great for those who want to gain a better understanding of how those with anxiety feel.
Top 5 Anxiety Fiction Countdown
A noteable quote for me was “I have the life that most people would kill for. Why can I no longer appreciate the good things around me? Why am I void of any feeling that isn’t negative?”
One of my favourite quotes is “I waste at least an hour every day lying in bed. Then I waste time thinking. I waste time being quiet and not saying anything because I’m afraid I’ll stutter.”
A quote from this book is “I had this feeling suddenly. I get this feeling a lot, but I don’t know if there’s one word for it. It’s not nervous, or sad or even lonely. It’s all of that, and then a little bit more. The feeling is I don’t belong here. I don’t know how I got here, and I don’t know how long I can stay before anyone realises that I’m an imposter. I am a fraud.”
A poignant quote for me in this book was “Mental illnesses grab you by the leg, screaming, and chow down on you whole. They make you irrational. They self-absorbed. They make you needy. They make you cancel plans last minute. They make you not very fun to spend time with. They make you exhausting to be near.”
One of my all-time favourite books! A really relateable quote for me was “one negative thing seems like it overrides a thousand positives. In a sea of love, all you see is the one person drowning.”
Benefits of Anxiety Fiction
Reading fiction that has a character battling anxiety can improve people’s compassion. Often if you are struggling with anxiety, it can be hard to communicate with those around you how you are feeling. Finding a fictional character who has similar feelings can act as a bridge, allowing you to show them how you feel in the form of monologues by the character. I love recommending books to people that have characters similar to me, I feel like it gives others a better understanding of how I feel without being as vulnerable.
What are your favourite fiction books that have anxiety as a theme?