First Advisor

Gabriel Urza

Date of Award

5-22-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors

Department

English

Language

English

Subjects

Young adult fiction, Depression in adolescence -- United States -- Juvenile literature, Anxiety in adolescence -- Juvenile literature

DOI

10.15760/honors.899

Abstract

This thesis project includes a written short story titled “Quiet Dissonance” that explicitly depicts anxiety and depression within the genre of Young Adult literature. The purpose of this story is to consciously de-stigmatize the mental health issues by depicting these mental disorders as authentically as possible with both research and my own real-life experience of being diagnosed with both anxiety and depression, rather than relying upon stereotypes and the influence of the media. This story is consciously written through the point of view of first person narration, allowing for further exploration into the interiority of the thoughts of the protagonist as they struggle with the reality of their mental health issues versus how they are presenting themselves to the people around them.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/33148

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