We’re talking about books that make you cope with trauma through graphic novels, especially for teens and young adults.
We often think of graphic novels — or comics — as being fun stories strictly for entertainment purposes. The characters are usually superheroes or supernatural in nature, and the purpose is just to have fun, right? But what if teens and young adults could find characters to identify with while reading graphic novels? Is there more to this type of book than typically meets the eye?
A survivor of Chernobyl radiation and persecution, Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. immigrated to the United States at age 12. She is the author of “Dark Agents Book One: Violet and the Trial of Trauma” and a licensed clinical psychologist who was inspired by the X-Men to develop Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
For her work, Dr. Scarlet was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award by the United Nations Association. Her work has been featured on Yahoo, BBC, NPR, Sunday Times, CNN, CW, ABC, Huffington Post, The New York Times, Forbes, the Nerdist, BuzzFeed, and many other outlets. She currently works at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego.