Mental Health Issues In The Outsiders

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In the story The Outsiders written by S. E. Hinton, the characters experience significant mental heath issues. In the 1960s mental health was not a big thing, there were little to no treatments to help with the people suffering. If someone suffered from depression it would be considered rare. Unlike now days, depression is common in most teenagers due to early childhood trauma, brain chemistry, inherited traits, and learned patterns of negative thinking (Mayo Clinic). In the 1960s people who were considered mentaly ill would be put into prisons, almshouses, or even their family would do their best to take care of them. People would use other ways to help treat the mentally ill by bloodletting and purgatives (Floyd, Barbara). Nowadays there

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