The Effects Of Physical Abuse On Mental Illness

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Today, a colossal four hundred and fifty million (and growing) people in the world suffer from some form of mental illness, however, only around one third of them seek any form of help ( World Health Report). This number was probably much lower in 1904, when this story was written, but I imagine it was also far more shameful and frightening to admit that you had a problem and needed help with all of the closely knit neighborhoods and insane asylums that have closed down over the last hundred years. While I read Paul 's case, I thought of a number of things, history of physical abuse or trauma that might have made him shy away from physical contact, drug use (even one prescribed for a chronic illness or disease,) and that even a terminal illness had made him misanthropic. Nevertheless, I always came back to mental illness. The few sentences that solidified my belief were: I don’t really believe that smile of his comes altogether from insolence; there 's something sort of haunted about it. The boy is not strong for one Thing. There is something wrong with the fellow (Paul 's Case, Willa Cather). Paul had dramatic changes in mood from one place to another, one minute to the next. Anything related the arts or the finer things in life created an intoxicating, manic state; the unremarkable had the opposite effect, he became disdainful and lethargic. Paul 's delusions of grandeur, his dramatic mood and personality changes from manic to depressive, and his disposition
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