Bibliotherapy – or something like it.

Content warning: mental health

I like books. In fact, I love them.

I love books for many different reasons, but one of the more serious reasons is that they provide a vocabulary where my own wouldn’t suffice.

It’s not exactly a secret—allthough I don’t shout it from the roof tops. I’m diagnosed with Schizotypal Personality Disorder. On top of that, I often have anxiety and depression invited over too, much to my dismay.

And sometimes, it’s really freaking hard to explain how I react in one way, or how I can’t seem to do this reasonably easy task. It’s even harder to explain when I don’t even fully understand it myself.

That’s where some books help.

It can be small things that you see yourself in, like how Will Herondale found solace in books when he needed escape from his self-hatred in Clockwork Prince.

Or a lesson learned like how Hazel found some hope and joy in her life when meeting August in The Fault in Our Stars.

It can also be the representation. That moment where a character thinks, acts or say exactly what you feel. When the author has managed to put one of your biggest struggles into words.

Of course, the official definition of bibliotherapy is far more complicated. There are books being peer reviewed across countries for this very purpose. And they’re meant to be used in conjunction with a therapist.

Personally, I think everyone can benefit from this on their own, as well.

So my idea was to collect all of the books where mental health rep has been a major – or minor – part of the books and where I’ve gotten something from the text.

Now, this will be 100% my own list, and there is no guarantee that the rep will work for you, that you’ll even like the story or that the rep is without faults at all.

My hope isn’t that the list will be a perfect list. Merely that it could be a place to start looking.

The question is, would anyone even be interested?

Let me know in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Bibliotherapy – or something like it.

  1. becandbones says:

    Just like you, I find mental health rep in books so personally important and validating and reading something that PERFECTLY EXPLAINS something you have felt or endured is irreplaceable.

    I love the idea of having a directory of sorts that would give promotion to books that have the potential to do that same thing for others and I would 100% be interested.

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