First time living away from home,
her anxiety skyrockets…
she can’t get through college like this.
Hannah has always been worried and anxious, but everything new at college is just so overwhelming. After a deep depressive episode, her roommate helps her connect with a therapist on campus.
Dr. Jacobs is calm and reassuring, offering medication if Hannah wants to try it and cautioning her to watch for unusual side effects before her next appointment. Her brother Levi is supportive and wishes their mom would work on her own anxiety.
Oh, wow, what side effects! Such headaches, and she zaps anything she touches with electric shocks – even co-worker Jay at the library notices, yet still invites her to a very quiet, low-key party at his dorm.
Wow, Hannah is brave enough to go to the party and meet new people, including lovely Iz!
A new medication that won’t cause the terrible headaches makes Hannah disassociate from her body – is she really seeing through walls and reading people’s minds?
Her movie and dinner date with Iz is perfect! Then… crickets, no answer when Hannah texts her – what went wrong?
As freshman year rolls on, Hannah keeps trying to help herself and allows others to help her, too.
This graphic novel begins with a content warning about the mental and emotional distresses depicted and concludes with notes from the author and a mental health professional.
For help, call or text the free and confidential Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8 any time, any hour.
In a new place or situation, what do you think about first?
Book info: Side Effects / written by Ted Anderson; art & color by Tara O’Connor; lettering by Dave Sharpe. Seismic Press, 2022. [publisher site & interviews] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.