Mental Health in YA ~ Part III

A week ago, I asked a simple question to a writer’s group I run: where have you seen anxiety disorders in fiction?

I had planned to finish this series by discussing anxiety disorders in fiction when it hit me: I haven’t seen a lot of books where characters have anxiety disorders just because they have anxiety disorders. It’s caused by trauma (which of course is still real), but it seems to mostly be plot fodder. So few characters experience a mental illness as a character trait without it being a plot. Maybe I’m just missing out, but I so frequently see books speaking out about mental illness, but I feel like we’re lacking in books that just include them without it being a main plot point.