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23 Seriously Inspiring Books That'll Help You Manage Your Anxiety

"We believe in acknowledging fear and the extent to which it rules us." — Divergent

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which books help them feel less anxious. Here are the heartwarming results.

1. Grace’s Guide: The Art Of Pretending To Be A Grown-Up by Grace Helbig

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"This book helped me recognise my anxiety and feel confident enough to seek professional help."

torib4

2. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

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"It was the first time I read something that showed I wasn't alone in my suffering."

debbiewynn249

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3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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"This book allowed me to find comfort in discovering life is not all it's cracked up to be."

—Becky Martin, Facebook

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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"The main character, Cath, has anxiety and isn't always in the best mindset. You learn a lot about her thoughts, and realize you aren't alone."

aikah

5. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

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"She writes from a very dark, real point of view in a poetic way, and it's very soothing."

iscourtneythere

6. The Book Of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

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"This book is wonderful because it reminded me that no matter how horrible a situation can get, there is always something good left."

—Liz McGaughey, Facebook

7. Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

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"She talks openly about her anxiety and depression, but is still able to make you laugh out loud over and over again."

—Lauren Bethany Gowing, Facebook

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8. Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig

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"It helped not just me, but my loved ones too, how to understand my mental health better."

sofied45

9. Hyperbole And A Half by Allie Brosh

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"When I was done reading this, I just thought, 'Wow. None of the little stuff matters. I just need to do what feels right.'"

emilyb4

10. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

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"It reminded me that gems like Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy mess up big time, but their stories still end in smiles and love."

hillarybk

11. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

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"It shows you that you're not a lonely individual, but actually part of a universe where people need you and are inspired by you."

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12. I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti

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"It taught me quite a bit about pushing through things and being courageous. I read it every year."

EmmaC1

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13. The Harry Potter series

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"Every time I feel overcome with anxiety, these books make me feel safe and surrounded by friends."

—Candice Zablan, Facebook

14. You’re Never Weird On the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

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"Knowing she's OK with being so unabashedly herself and openly talk about her anxiety helped me decide to love myself more."

emman44

15. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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"This quote made me feel brave: 'We believe in acknowledging fear and the extent to which it rules us.'"

—Katie Quiriarte, Facebook

16. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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"Reading about the people in the main character's life as they deal with her suicide makes me rethink how important I am to people."

Arielle Calderon

17. Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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"YA revolution stories help me remember that life's problems could be so much bigger than they are."

—Hillary B. Kimsey, Facebook

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18. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life by Dr. Daniel G. Amen

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"After reading this book I was brave enough to get off my pills, and I haven't had a panic attack since. So amazing."

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19. When Panic Attacks by David D. Burns

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"He writes in such a warm, accessible way. He knows what he's doing."

—Danaë Lopez, Facebook

20. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

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"His writing made me feel super sane while trying to overcome my struggle with mental illness."

—Chelsea Fielden, Facebook

21. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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"She teaches you to be powerful, goal-driven, and outspoken. Amy also made me realize that that being sensitive is OK."

Bverret2012

22. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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"It made me realize that although I feel alone sometimes, reading makes me feel not so alone in the world."

melanieh40

23. Eleanor And Park by Rainbow Rowell

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"It made me realize that it's OK to be anxious — I'm not perfect and have flaws, but that doesn't mean I don't deserve to be happy or loved."

—Alexia Greece, Facebook

Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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