Susanna’s parents did not want their friends to know she was in a psychiatric hospital, which is a common occurrence for many families who believe the stigma against those with mental health problems are too strong and that they would rather protect their image than the mentality of their loved ones. The thoughts of each character do well to depict what the thoughts may be of someone actually with their disorder, according to the DSM-5. In addition, the film shows how different each mental illness can be, showing how “normal” Susanna seems along with BPD, or how “crazy” (how some patients are referred to in the film) Lisa seems with her sociopathic tendencies. Each character is evidence to how large the
The bell jar, the fig tree, mirrors, and electricity all symbolize what occurs in Esther’s head. The first symbol within The Bell Jar is the bell jar itself. The bell jar symbolizes mental illness, and a trap within the mind and body. The bell jar refers to suffering from a mental
She was able to express her life experiences through her artwork and openly expressing this allowed for her to become an iconic female artist. Lily is a pysch patient who idolizes Frida Khalo’s work “ The Broken Column”. It was explained that when Lily views this piece during her psychotherapy she is able to relate, though she suffered from different illness then Frida Khalo she was able to connect to Frida’s art work. Rather she sees the paintings as representations of her continuous state in which she is torn through the middle, ravaged by an exquisitely vicious steeliness. Like Kahlo’s dreamer, she hovers between life and death but without a rage for life that can find an expression.
I believe both of these passages are important because they both convey how experiencing life as a female may have influenced Cecilia’s decision to commit suicide. The first passage illustrates the unknown narrators’ perspective on life as a girl, specifically in reference to their thoughts after reading Cecilia 's diary. Whether these assumptions from the reading of her diary are accurate or not, they present an interesting insight as to how Cecilia may have felt. The narrators describe being a girl as imprisonment and make reference to their understanding of more adult-centric concepts such as death and love. Having knowledge of these themes whilst being surrounded by people, such as the narrators, who may have a lesser understanding could be draining.
“It’s easy to slip into a parallel universe” stated Susanna Kaysen in her memoir Girl, Interrupted when describing the nature in which one falls into the alternative world of mental illness. Unlike a physical illnesses which generally are more recognizable, mental illnesses must be diagnosed based on abstract assessment measures which are inevitably subjective to the discretion of the mental health professional. After being forcefully detained for almost two years, Kayson compiled a memoir based on her experience in a psychiatric facility upon being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Although Kaysen never fully accepted her diagnosis, multiple actions and behaviors she exhibited throughout her memoir were indicative of the presence of borderline personality disorder.
Analysis between “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Postpartum depression Charlotte Perkins Gilman used her own personal experience with postpartum depression to create the story “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Charlotte suffered from a severe and continuous nervous breakdown, she started seeing a specialist in nervous disorders, the best in the country. The doctor applied the rest cure and put Charlotte to bed, his advice to her was to “live as domestic life as possible”. He concluded that there was nothing much the matter with her.
Not following the instructions given to her by her doctor and being confined in this area has caused some sort of mental build up. The wallpaper driving her crazy, suffering a mental illness, and having such an isolated lifestyle in a house isolated from the main villages has put thoughts into her head that she believes, like being the woman in the wall. That was the effect; the cause of all of this is simply because she wanted something to do after having her whole life changed for a few months, so she went to the
The theme that manipulation is only a powerful tool if the victim is weak enough to not resist it is revealed through the conflict between Nurse Ratched and the patients in the mental institution. The reader can first imply that manipulation
Often, we see a society’s cultural values reflected in its citizens. For example, the United States values equality, a standard that is shared in all facets including gender. The opposite is true of Gilead, a fictional society in Emily Bronte’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The novel’s main character, Offred, is subjected to degrading treatment simply because she is a woman. It becomes apparent that this repeated degradation has affected the protagonist’s mind.
Emotions can control a person’s actions or way of life in either a positive or negative way. Holding on to past emotions or feelings can cause issues in the present or even the future for that person or it can affect their decisions making. Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks depicts syntax and tone to prove that emotions can hold people captive. Deborah Lacks, the daughter of Henrietta Lacks, is searching for answers pertaining to her mentally challenged and deceased aunt, Elsie.
More treatment should be developed to help people with mental illnesses such as Schizophrenia. Lastly, she says a statement that is very true and very powerful, People are not schizophrenic, but they are just people with Schizophrenia. People should know the difference and see that there is a
This makes the reader feel disturbed because of the stark contrast. As we know Elsie to be Deborah’s sister, and the Hospital of the Negro Insane to be very discriminatory, disgust turns to pity or Elsie. This pity also carries over to Deborah, who has to hear, and bear, this terrible news. In this, Skloot gracefully developed her pathos appeal and a sense of pity and distress in the reader. While at the Hospital for the Negro Insane, Skloot finds a Washington Post article on the Hospital for the Negro Insane, where Elsie had lived for the majority of her life.
Mental illness is not commonly associated with gender issues and feminism; however, through this course we studied how throughout centuries gender and intersectionality played a crucial role in one’s treatment and diagnosis. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” is one of the first texts we examined that correlated with the role of gender in medical treatment and diagnosis. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is an example of a husband controlling his wife’s treatment, and consequently, she is misdiagnosed and never receives proper treatment. Written in 1892, it successfully exemplifies how gender role’s dictated a woman’s treatment because during this time a wife was subordinate to her husband. Although Perkins continuously explained to her
Even though an estimated 26% of adult Americans suffer from some form of psychological disorder, psychological disorders often remain ignored among the general public and the media, save for the occasional joke about “insanity” or the misconception of psychiatric patients as being frightening elements of horror. The popular television show, The Walking Dead, offers nearly textbook examples of well-known mental disorders, such as major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, and it does not paint the characters as caricatures or jokes. Rarely do popular shows or movies touch on lesser-known, “scarier” disorders, but The Walking Dead introduces one character who expresses symptoms of a few lesser-known disorders. In the episode