Mental illnesses have a high prevalence amongst the United States population. Each year, tens of millions of individuals suffer and are affected by mental illnesses (National Institute of Mental Health, 1). These illnesses range from anxiety disorder, eating disorders, major depression, personality disorder, and many more. Yet, with the existing knowledge, mental providers and professionals, and the DSM-5, mental illness remains a growing mystery to the public. Literature has played a significant role in how mental illnesses are defined, their characteristics, and the portrayal of those who are mentally ill to the public eye. From memoirs on mental illness such as Susanna Kaysen 's Girl, Interrupted to Daphne 's Scholinksi 's The Last Time I
In the essay, “On Being a Cripple,” Nancy Mairs uses humorous diction and a positive tone to educate people about life as a cripple and struggles of people with disabilities. She does this to show how hard it is to be disabled and how it differs from the life of someone without a disability. She talks about the struggles and the fears that disabled people must deal with on a daily basis. Mairs use of rhetoric creates a strong sense of connection and understanding for the reader. Nancy Mairs is successful in using detailed imagery, diction, and tone to educate her readers about the difficulties of living with a disability.
Manic-depressive illness, also known as Bipolar disorder, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood. activity, energy levels, and can have an adverse effect on daily tasks. Also, bipolar disorder has been linked to anxiety, substance abuse and health problems such as heart disease, migraines, and high blood pressure. This disorder is portrayed by Carrie Mathison a character in the series Homeland, within both of these clips Mathison is seen speaking quickly and her thoughts racing from one thing to another. Carrie seems to be in a manic state which can come unexpected and can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. Carrie pre-existing condition was triggered by an explosion, which caused her symptoms to surface resulting in the endangerment
People on medications who suffer from mental illness may not feel like themselves, so many people fear of losing their selves. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes unusual and extreme shifts in a person’s functioning, mood and behavior further conveyed through erratic mood swings. However, the symptoms delusions of grandeur, and racing thoughts get in the way. It’s very important to be understood when dealing with a mental illness, furthermore remember to work out the manic episodes. The author, Adam Haslett, addresses a daily issue battling a disorder in the story “Notes to My Biographer”. A father, suffering from manic depression, pays a visit to his son, to whom he hasn't spoken in four years. The story Notes to My Biographer,
Bipolar disorder sometimes referred to as manic depressive disorder is a type of affective disorder, characterized by cyclical episodes of mania and depression. Depression is categorized as a loss of energy, disrupted sleep, feeling down or empty, impaired thinking, and lack of interest and pleasure. Mania is categorized by increased energy, decreased need for sleep speeding thoughts, disorganized thinking, and speech is pressured, and heightened senses that can lead to agitation. Bipolar disorder has multiple factors, but genetic and biological elements are the easiest to test and gain an empirical understanding of the disorder. Genetics has been a common element seen in high risk low risk person with bipolar disorder through studies of heritability.
Ellen Forney’s Marbles provides an insight into bipolar I disorder from the patient’s perspective. Unlike DSM-IV, which explains this disorder solely from a clinical perspective, the author attempts to reveal the social and personal challenges that a patient with bipolar I disorder encounter. She began this
QP engaged Maunica in participating in a CBT activity geared towards maintaining mental wellness. QP explained to Maunica that the activity will examine how to maintain mental wellness. QP explained to Maunica that mental wellness is. QP discussed with Maunica how to maintain her mental wellness. QP explained to Maunica the steps to maintain wellness. QP asked Maunica, what does mental wellness means to her. QP explained to Maunica how mood can affect a person life. QP asked Maunica, “what do not wellness feel or looks like to her” QP assisted Maunica in identifying when her depression and manic gets worst. QP asked Maunica to list somethings that make her feel stress. QP discussed with Maunica activity that can help her feel good. QP asked
In the movie Short Term 12, a drama about a foster-care facility for troubled teenagers portrays the emotional journey of the teenagers and the staff running the facility. A troubled teenage girl named Jayden is brought into Short Term 12 because her father is not able to deal with her. Jayden has a past of self-harm and upon arrival is disinterested in befriending the other adolescents as she is not interested in “wasting time on short-term relationships.” Jayden displays symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder as she defies authority figures and throws tantrums. Using the illness prospective, Jayden can be diagnosed as having oppositional defiant disorder as well as depression. Antisocial behaviour such as rule breaking, running away and destroying property are actions Jayden engages in, she cusses when she's told not to,
Kay Jamison is an influential psychologist, Jamison focuses on psychological diseases like mood disorders, suicide, bi-polar and depression. She has conducted extensive research into both “normal” and “abnormal” moods, frequently arguing that the two are not easily separable. Jamison has also stressed the importance of employing psychotherapy in combination with medication to treat mood disorders. Jamison focuses on client centered therapy, she as well as Carl Rogers think that people are free to make choices and control their destinies, despite the burdens of the past (Ratus, 2012, 2014) She follows the cognitive perspectives on motivation theory.
In the book Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen, one of the biggest focal points is mental illness. Mental illness can be tough to talk about, simply because the phrase “mental illness” encompasses such a wide range of conditions and conjures up images of deranged people, but it is very important, especially in this book. There is a certain stigma that people who are put into mental hospitals because they have medical problems or are insane and a possible danger to society. While this is sometimes true, it is far more common for patients to need help for a disorder, but just don’t know where to go or what to do, and can end up putting themselves or someone else in danger.
Girl, Interrupted is a film that portrays many different illnesses, but specifically the experiences of Susanna, the main character, who is a patient at a psychiatric hospital. The multipath model contains the different dimensions portrayed in the film: biological, psychological, social, and sociocultural. Susanna is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and some of the dimensions are applied to this disorder in the film. There is really no biological dimension shown in the film with any of the characters. There might be some genetic factors between Susanna and her parents with BPD, but it is not indicated so. In Susanna’s case, the psychological dimension indicates that she, along with others with BPD, experience feelings of
In the movie Silver Linings Playbook, by David O. Russel we meet Patrick Solitano Jr. who was a former high school teacher. After catching his wife cheating with the history teacher he viciously beats him and has to spend eight months in a mental hospital. After coming out of the mental hospital, Pat approaches life in a very different way. He is determined to get his ex-wife Nikki back, which he still refers to as his wife. Pat is also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression disorder. It’s a mental illness that causes individuals to experience shifts in mood, energy, thinking and behavior; from the highs of mania, to the lows of depression.
Depression is an agonizing experience, yet it can be imperceptible from outside. “Unfortunately, people are not transparent; you cannot look into their heads to see what they are thinking or feeling. You might not notice that what you are seeing could be the person’s cry for help” (Hittelman 1). No matter how close two people are, it is difficult to grasp what the other is thinking. Without any obvious hints, one can easily overlook a depression. “Million of people suffer from depression, yet many are putting on a brave face” (Mayoh 1). Instead of accepting proper treatment, some people camouflage their depression under a cheery