I decided to add a new fun and different category to my Vlogs: Young Adult (YA) fiction books about mental health. In today’s video I discuss the book When We Collided by Emery Lord. Hope it’s interesting and enjoyable!
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When We Collided by Emery Lord Vlog
I’ve decided to include a new series to my vlogs: YA books about mental health. Most of the books I read are YA books—I even used to have a subscription to Owl Crate, and YA books are the main theme of my Instagram; however, I thought it would be cool to do videos on some of the books that are my favs. I also thought it would be fun to incorporate something different than my usual practical videos.
Remember: this is a fiction, so it’s a story. There are autobiographies out there where a person is describing their actual lived story. Individuals in real life who experience mental health diagnoses share symptoms; however, those symptoms can be expressed and come out in different ways depending on the person, their life story does vary and depending on the diagnosis, their path to the diagnosis also varies, such as the case with PTSD. It’s complex.
In today’s video I’m going to talk about one of my fav YA books: When We Collided by Emery Lord. I was drawn to read this one because mood disorders are my specialty and my passion. I’m going to try to discuss the book in a way so that there’s not huge spoiler alerts.
One character is a teen who is living with bipolar disorder. This story discusses the characters experience with the diagnosis that includes her own symptoms, fluctuating mood (aka episodes), and how it’s impacted her relationships.
It’s important to note that bipolar disorder is a spectrum, so the symptoms a person experiences varies and how much it impacts big areas of their life (school, work, relationships, and how they take care of themselves) vary in the intensity—it could mild/low or high/severe.
A second character in the book experiences something traumatic, and the book describes how it’s impacted the character and the family. I won’t say much about that since that would probably be a spoiler.
I like this book because it describes a teens experience with bipolar disorder, and it’s done in a way that’s pretty accurate and not stigmatizing. I’m just going call things for what they are: bipolar disorder is stigmatized, whether its in the media and its portrayal of this disorder (there’s still so much more to be done to dispel the stereotypes) or people pulling back and retracting when someone has this diagnosis. It’s important to be reminded that there is hope and the possibility of the light at the end of the tunnel, learning of a story of empowerment of getting through a difficult time, and hope for a less stressful future, and this book does a nice reminder of that.
I like this book because it’s a reminder that there’s so much more to a person who is living with a mental health diagnosis, not just to the those in the world that read the book, but also to the individuals who are living with a mental health diagnosis. In this book, the character is an artist, has a good heart, a mentor to a young child. Mental health diagnoses are just one part of a person, and there’s so many other things that describe the person and so many other things that a person really brings to the table when it comes to good qualities. As a therapist, yes, I address symptoms and it’s impact on the persons life and practice with individuals how to manage what they’re experiencing through learning different skills; however, I also hone in on those other things that describe the individual and the positive things that they are a part of or that they want to have in their life so they can have a fulfilling future.
Hopefully this was interesting and enjoyable. Definitely check out the book if this has sparked interest. There are other YA books that I’ve read that I like, and I’ll be making vlogs on—these include other topics, like anxiety, going off to college, etc. And I will still be posting my usual videos that are practical and informative.