If you’re a teenager or have the pleasure of raising teens, you are probably well acquainted with the author John Green. I think my kids have read all of his books and I thoroughly enjoyed “Paper Towns” and “The Fault in our Stars“. His latest story is called “Turtles All the Way Down” and stars a character named Aza who suffers from OCD. It turns out that John was able to write this character so authentically because he has struggled with OCD for some time.
When I was looking for information about “Turtles”, I stumbled across this podcast called “The Hilarious World of Depression” and an episode featuring John Green. I love that he not only shared his story with adults on the podcast, but also put it out there in this vlogbrothers video below and on his Crash Course site for teens. For a teen or adult struggling outwardly or in silence, it can be incredibly powerful to know someone else understands and gets the crazy making that is anxiety. He also shares some resource links with ways to get help.
If you’re a fan of John or simply like stories about people figuring out how to live, survive and thrive with anxiety, check out the links and videos below!