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18 Book Characters That Accurately Represent Mental Illness

“My experience reading this book was so cathartic and cleansing.”

We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which character in a book represented their mental illness truthfully. Here are their great recommendations.

1. Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Seelsa

2. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

3. Kissing Doorknobs by Terry Spencer Hesser

4. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

5. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

7. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

8. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

9. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

10. We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

11. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

13. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

14. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

15. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

16. Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

17. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

18. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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