The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Depression

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Synopsis and Introduction to Charlie

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming-of-age epistolary novel written by American novelist Stephen Chbosky set in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in the 1990's (Wikipedia, 2012). It follows the life of a teenage boy named Charlie.

Charlie is a 15 year old boy who is on the verge of beginning his freshman year in high school. He lives with both his parents and his sister in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One look at Charlie may render him a normal, introverted, and shy boy, but his mind is dancing with intelligence beyond his years and overflowing with creativity in the form of his own unique writing. Contrastingly, mental illness does not discriminate. Although a normal boy on the
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History of familial disorders and illnesses was also studied. Results show that participants that had family members that suffered from mental disorders, substance abuse, and so on were more likely to experience Major Depressive Disorder than those participants who were not subject to these illnesses. Daniel N. Klein and Catherine R. Glenn (2013) concluded that, “in bivariate analyses, we identified six predictors of first onset of MDD in young adulthood: female gender, familial loading of mood disorders, history of childhood sexual abuse, anxiety disorder in childhood/adolescence, poor self-reported physical health, and subthreshold depressive symptoms.” (p. 1)
Charlie's aunt sexually abused him, which may mean that she was once sexually abused by a family member. The fact that Charlie still loved her may be Learned Helplessness, which occurs when a person is repeatedly subjected to aversive stimulus. Eventually, the person will “get used” to the aversive stimulus and behave submissively because they do not think that they have the power to stop it (Cherry, 2011) . Charlie was very young and his aunt was an authority figure that he was supposed to feel safe with.

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