Mental Illnes in the Documentary Out of the Shadows, Questions and Answers

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1. What constitutes a “normal person”?
A “normal person” can be considered many different things, depending on the viewpoint of the person. Often times one would consider a “normal person” to be a person without any sort of mental illness. A normal person is someone who adapts to the norms and standards of society.
In this documentary about Millie, her daughters grew up thinking that their mother was a “normal person,” and that how she made them feel was “normal.” They didn’t know any other type of relationship between a mother and her daughters, so they never thought to tell anyone about what went on in their household.
2. How does mental illness affect a family?
In this documentary, it was clear that Millie’s mental illness took a
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1. What constitutes a “normal person”?
A “normal person” can be considered many different things, depending on the viewpoint of the person. Often times one would consider a “normal person” to be a person without any sort of mental illness. A normal person is someone who adapts to the norms and standards of society.
In this documentary about Millie, her daughters grew up thinking that their mother was a “normal person,” and that how she made them feel was “normal.” They didn’t know any other type of relationship between a mother and her daughters, so they never thought to tell anyone about what went on in their household.
2. How does mental illness affect a family?
In this documentary, it was clear that Millie’s mental illness took a toll on her family’s dynamic. Millie was not diagnosed with a mental disorder until much later on in her life. At that point, her family was already destroyed. Millie and her husband went through a divorce. The two daughters were left to live with their mother. The girls did not know any other way of life, so they thought the lives they lived with their mother were just like lives other children had with their parents.
The older daughter knew that something was not right with their mother. Often times she was scared. She took over taking care of her younger sister. At around the age of 12, the older daughter built up the courage to leave her mother’s home and move in with her father. She thought her younger sister would be okay
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