Mental Illness in The Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janice Ray

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How the Patient can see it. For some, it can be a positive experience. In this excerpt from “The Ecology of a Cracker Childhood”, Ray’s father writes to her when she asked of him to speak about his experience as a person who dealt with his own mental illness. “Mental illness, or nervous breakdown as some call it, is nothing to be afraid of, or to put it in better perspective, nothing to live in fear of. In some ways, it is like death. Natural death comes in stages – stage one gets you ready for stage two and so on until the coma. Most of the time people with a mental dis-order don’t know it. Sometimes their friends can’t detect it. Close family members can, as well as those trained in the field. Thirty years ago I had what people call…show more content…
From what I recall of watching the footage, they had the car stopped and all doors were open, and yet they couldn’t get her out? I recall their reaction clearly, while the car was stopped, they stood around like befuddled buffoons unsure of how to handle the situation. Later on the news reported that the mother might have been suffering from postpartum depression or some form of grandeur schizophrenia since the chase had begun when she had driven up to the White House and asked to be let in to see President Barack Obama because she was working for him. In another news story from last year, there was a report with an eyewitness video in which it shows several bystanders rescuing several frightened children while their mother was attempting to kill them by driving into the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. This mother as well had a history of mental illness but because of a lax in the law, the police that had stopped her previous of their driving into the Atlantic, were unable to detain the mother. In these cases of the Capital Hill shooting and the Atlantic rescue; I will criticize the news media industry who decided that it was appropriate to show videos of which these kid’s traumas will forever in history because they chose to reward the “heroes” with fame. These heroes will live on in fame, the kids trauma will never be left unspoken. With my own experiences in my mind, I criticize these “heroes”. True

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