After reading the novel The Secret Life of Bees, it would be easy to think that the main theme is discrimination or family, but in reality it is actually focused on the toll that mental illness takes on a family. The protagonist of this novel, Lily Owens, has always had a troublesome life. Both her parents, Terrence Owens, also known as T. Ray, and Deborah Fontanel are ridden with illness, sadly caused from each other. Lily also meets a new family in this novel after running away from her cruel father who abuses her. This family is also dealing with mental illness.
Wednesday, October 22 Reading Response 2 “Living Will” by Danielle Ofri is about an author who is a doctor who came across a patient that is suicidal. “They All Just Went Away” by Joyce Carol Oates is about a young lonely girl who finds herself attracted in entering abandoned house and is entranced by other peoples lives and what they left by. Although these stories are very different, I believe both the authors share a similar idea, but different outlooks, of how the main characters in each essay struggle to do the right thing. “Living Will” gives us a better perspective of what doctors today have to face with their jobs. The author, Danielle Ofri, came across a severely ill patient, Wilburn Reston, which really makes her think.
Annie John is a very interesting story. It uses the voice of a child, the epitome of innocence, to describe the lost of it. In the book Annie John uses stories of different points of her life to describe the progressive lost of her innocence. I’ve been able to find several passages that mark the progression of Annie loss of innocence, and the majority of them are related to death. An example of this resides on the passage where she explains how her mother had to prepare the death body of her friend’s child.
Like Terry Erikson’s dad in Stop the Sun, people who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder need support and assistance from others. PTSD is a serious issue with not only veterans of war and war combat, but also everyday citizens in America, for even traumatic events like car accidents and local crime can change a person’s life forever. PTSD can present itself in many different ways. Some may include depression, bad dreams, and frightening thoughts. Any symptoms can be diminished or even cured from medication or
In her short story, “The Song of Songs,” Ellen Gilchrist explores the concepts of materialism and human relationships and their effects on a person’s sense of purpose. Barrett Clare, who was given up for adoption as a child, suffers from manic depression. She continually attempts to alleviate her depression in ways typically idealized in America such as owning a beautiful home and having a happy family. Intermittently in the story are glimpses of Barrett’s internal thoughts which reveal the extent of her depression as well as its presumed cause – the feelings of abandonment by her mother. Through the course of the story, Gilchrist juxtaposes materialism – a private jet, a Rolex watch, a mansion, marrying for money – with interjections of Barrett’s intensely depressed internal dialogue to show that materialism only worsens depression.
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.
Researching Alzheimer 's There are times when research is everything to understand a story. For example, you could research Alzheimer 's after reading the story "Babysitting Helen". At most people know Alzheimer 's is a physical disease that damages the brain and causes a daily struggle for the victim and their family as well. "Babysitting Helen" is about a teenage girl who has to watch Helen who is a victim of Alzheimer 's. But if you didn’t know anything about Alzheimer 's and if you didn’t research then you wouldn 't understand anything about the short story.
Williams’ definition of a crisis apparition, “appears to a witness at a time when the person whose apparition is seen experiencing a state of crisis” (Williams 2), provides context to the theory that The Governess saw Peter Quint because of high levels of anxiety that she didn’t know how to control. Williams quotes from The Gift, a book written by Dr. Sally Rhine Feather and Michael Schmicker, and tells the story of a woman had undergone the hardship of moving halfway across the country with her daughter and leaving her father behind when he was extremely ill. The Governess was experiencing a similar stress level as the woman in the article. The Governess had received “disturbing letters from home, where things were not going well” (James 33). The mood in this
Previously, the DSM-IV had reported that hoarding was comorbid with OCD, however, the DSM-V states that it is independent from negative, intrusive thoughts if one does not maintain an item. Hoarding disorder is also comorbid with medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, diabetes and obesity (Kress et al. 2014). It is inferred that compulsive hoarding is a result of significant trauma in a person’s life. Such trauma can include the death of a loved one, major decline in health and significant change in a person’s daily life.
There are many causes for depression. Some causes are death or a loss of someone close to a person can cause serious grief or sadness. A band named Daughter wrote “Youth” which is a song about getting hurt by or losing someone or something that she had loved in her past. People she has loved often leave which hurts her because she loved them. In the book, Catcher in the Rye, Holden is in the same situation as the writer of the song and people he is often close with leave him.
The significant issues surrounding her current situation is substance abuse, loss of custody of her child, and unemployment. Previous Mental Health Problem and Treatment Ms. Peterson stated that previously she was diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders within an outpatient agency, and that she was taking the medication Zoloft to assist with the stabilization of her mood. She stated
Introduction With aging and disease comes many complications; the body is pushed to mental, physical, and emotional extremes. Many people experience pain and suffering with these changes and struggle to cope with it. Since the process of aging and the course of disease is a natural process it becomes a challenge to decide when enough is enough. Is palliative care enough or should assisted suicide be considered? Whether it be from the natural aging progression or onset of disease, the process of dying is inevitable and brings a variety of complications; therefore assisted suicide should be of consideration.