Imbued with a sense of humor, understanding, and hope, Your Brain Needs a Hug is a judgment-free guide for living well with your mind.
My Mad Fat Diary author Rae Earl offers her personalized advice on the A to Zs of mental health, social media, family and friendship. When she was a teenager, Rae dealt with OCD, anxiety, and an eating disorder, but she survived, and she thrived.
Your Brain Needs a Hug is filled with her friendly advice, coping strategies and laugh-out-loud moments to get you through the difficult days. Witty, honest, and enlightening, this is the perfect read for feeling happier and healthier and learning to navigate life without feeling overwhelmed or isolated.
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“A validating, hopeful, and practical guide to mental health… heartfelt and honest… Teens struggling with mental illness will find comfort and valuable information in this superlative guide." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Perceptive and accessible.” —Publishers Weekly
With her trademark self-deprecating humor, writer and broadcaster Earl (My Mad Fat Diary) offers her teenage audience a comprehensive overview of mental health conditions and treatments. She also addresses common YA challenges, some age-old (communicating with parents) and some new (navigating social media). Conveying wisdom gleaned from her own experience, Earl shares her struggles with anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, OCD, psychosis, self-harm, and depression, telling stories of the people and processes that have helped her heal. Gentle advice to any reader currently experiencing similar distress ("Please stop self-harming. Do something else instead. Here are some suggestions") is followed by concrete recommendations, such as, "Talk to someone" and "Write down how you feel." Earl astutely balances her ability to laugh at herself with compassion for the pain she and others experience; for example subtitling her chapter on phobias "It's A Laburnum Tree!!! Get Away From It!!" Entertaining graphics and charts illustrate key ideas, including slogans ("You are enough"), self-help strategies, and advice on when to seek professional help. Perceptive and accessible, this guide will prove a valuable resource for both people experiencing a wide array of mental-health challenges and those who want to help them. Ages 15 up.