The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Stetson

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“The Yellow Wallpaper”, written by Charlotte Perkins Stetson, is a first person narrative told by a depressed wife, who wrote ten short entries in a secret journal. In the narrative, the wife’s physician and husband diagnose her with “temporary nervous depression” (Stetson 648). The narrative took place in the 1900’s when there were minimal treatments to cure nervous depression. The husband was a dominant physician in the story who believed that bed rest and the minimum amount of daily activity would cure the wife’s state of depression. The failed treatments to cure what was assumed to be “nervous depression” later caused the wife to lose her sanity, emotional stability, and mental focus toward the end of the story. There are a plethora of different depression stages whose symptoms match the wife’s, but the closest type of depression associated with her symptoms would be postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. If not treated correctly, postpartum depression can lead to a more severe type of depression called postpartum psychosis, which causes the patient to have suicidal tendencies and mass hallucination. In researching depression after birth, one may prove that the wife suffered from postpartum depression, which leads to post partum psychosis; this explains her symptoms and loss of sanity throughout the narrative; specialists in the field of after birth depression support this statement.

To comprehend postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis, an individual
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