Why We Need More Mental Illness In Fiction

It is unsurprising, given my own struggles, that I have always been intrigued by fictional representations of mental illness. As society-at-large attempts to redress some of the taboos surrounding psychological ailments, the publishing industry has been working overtime to fill the gaping chasm in accurate portrayals of mental illness. While there is still an incredible … Continue reading Why We Need More Mental Illness In Fiction

Bibliotherapy For Heartbreak: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Although typically consigned to the realm of overly-emotional teenagers, heartbreak is truly one of the most common and yet potentially severe psychological challenges that we encounter. Traditionally thought of as purely a consequence of breakups, its in fact the case that just about any emotional loss can catapult us into the experience of symptoms associated … Continue reading Bibliotherapy For Heartbreak: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Bibliotherapy For Homesickness: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

I am no stranger to homesickness. I've spent close to half my life moving town and country with a regularity that's truly baffling when you consider how little I enjoy change. Until I turned 16, I had always lived in the same town - Basingstoke: the butt of many jokes about England's quietly unattractive (and … Continue reading Bibliotherapy For Homesickness: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Bibliotherapy For Grief: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Of all the challenges that we face as individuals, grief is perhaps the most universal. There are few - if any - people able to get through life without experiencing loss, making grief an inevitability for all of us. I am lucky to have reached 30 without losing any of the people close to me … Continue reading Bibliotherapy For Grief: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Bibliotherapy For Loneliness: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

One of the most prevalent challenges facing society today is undoubtedly loneliness. The news abounds with headlines showing that loneliness among almost all generations is on the increase. Although counterintuitive at first sight - we might expect that both the internet at large and social media in particular offer us plentiful opportunities for connection - … Continue reading Bibliotherapy For Loneliness: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Bibliotherapy For Anxiety and Panic: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times

Over the course of my life, I've faced a few different challenges with my mental health. By far the most persistent, however, has been my battle with anxiety and panic attacks. I've suffered from crippling anxiety for as long as I can remember and have lived with panic attacks since childhood. All of us have … Continue reading Bibliotherapy For Anxiety and Panic: Fiction Recommendations For Tough Times