Harry Potter and PTSD - - Not Just Another Angry Teen Wizard
Nancee Lee Allen
A look at how Harry Potter’s confirmed diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues in the HP books can be used as a tool to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
There is a great deal of mental health symbolism in the Harry Potter books including the dementors as a metaphor for clinical depression and a boggart as the manifestation of an individual’s fears.
Nancee Lee Allen will lead an open discussion about how mental health is portrayed in Harry Potter books and how this can be used with children and teens to less marginalize those with a mental health diagnosis (like Harry).
Nancee Lee-Allen holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Brooklyn College and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University. Nancee redesigned the Children of the Night School to better meet the needs of sexually victimized teens. Nancee has also guest-lectured on such varied subjects as "Human Sexuality and the Law" at Northeastern University School of Law and "Harry Potter as a Teaching Tool When Working with Children with PTSD" at multiple locations throughout the US. Currently she lives, works and facilitates bibliotherapy groups in Orange County, California.