Examples Of Postpartum Depression In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator, Jane, has postpartum depression. In order to cure this depression, John, Jane’s husband and a doctor, administer the rest treatment on her. Gilman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” through her personal experience.
Along with writing “The Yellow Wallpaper” she wrote an explanation for why she wrote “The
Yellow Wallpaper.” Depression and isolation caused by the misdiagnosis caused Jane to go insane. The rest treatment was a common form of cure for people with depression. It worked for some people while it did not work for some. Instead of curing the depression, it only sends the patients into further depression and isolation. Silas Weir Mitchell first developed the rest cure(treatment). He developed the rest cure while he was an army surgeon in the Civil War.
Evidence of the rest treatment working is mentioned in The Evolution of the Rest Treatment,
Mitchell wrote how he helped Mrs. G. Mrs. G was his first successful case using the rest treatment. While it worked for Mrs. G, it failed for Gilman. Gilman herself suffered from postpartum depression. Gilman was given the rest treatment. She was to stay in bed most of the day and not to write until the day she died. This nearly drove her mad, like Jane, but she manages to escape from this hell. After her escape, she wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper.” She wrote “The
Yellow Wallpaper” to show what could have possibly happened to her if she continued with the treatment. Proving
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