Top 5 Fiction Books for Anxiety

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

Top 5 Anxiety Fiction Countdown

5. Anxiety Girl – Lacey London

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?”

4. It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini

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.”

3. This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

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.”

2. Am I Normal Yet? – Holly Bourne

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.” 

1. 180 Seconds – Jessica Park

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.


Best Anxiety fiction

What are your favourite fiction books that have anxiety as a theme?


Post Author: bexcapades

Bookish person trying to get through this crazy thing called life.

4 thoughts on “Top 5 Fiction Books for Anxiety


    (October 7, 2018 - 8:52 pm)

    Great list of books. I haven’t read any of these, but I definitely want to now.


      (October 7, 2018 - 11:17 pm)

      Ahh, I hope you enjoy them if you do buy them! 🙂

    Cathy Ulrickson

    (October 14, 2018 - 11:03 am)

    Absolutely loved this post! Thank you! I’m planning on getting these to read them. I have a son who suffers from Anxiety/panic disorder with depression. Anything I can read to help me understand better – I appreciate.


      (October 14, 2018 - 11:37 am)

      I’m glad you like the look of them! It’s definitely good to read fiction to hear the inner dialogue of the character, it can make you understand the feelings more than a real person sometimes if they don’t know how to say what they feel!

      I’m sure your son would benefit reading them too, he might feel a little less lonely, at least, I did.

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