Doctor with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Essay

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Having heard about the life-enlightening event of Dr. Alexandre Manette coming out of the horrible trench of the Bastille gave me great curiosity on his condition after 18 years of confinement. Through my knowledge I understand that the doctor has experienced major emotional changes in his life that has affected him to view reality continuously as it was in solitary confinement. Dr. Manette experiences depression from solitary and memory loss of his past before his imprisonment and his own name. In fact, he is noted to have mentioned his name as his cell number “One Hundred and Five, North Tower.” A man by the name of Jarvis Lorry states, “It's a dreadful remembrance. Besides that, his loss of himself grew out of it. Not knowing how he lost himself, or how he recovered himself, he may never feel certain of not losing himself again. That alone wouldn't make the subject pleasant, I should think” (Dickens 97). One can argue that Dr. Manette is diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to his depression and memory loss, two key symptoms of PTSD. However, in order for one to be diagnosed with the disorder, during a period of one month, a person must have at least one re-experiencing symptom, at least three avoidance symptoms, and at least two hyperarousal symptoms. Dr. Manette is subjected to only two symptoms that fall into the category of avoidance symptoms, therefore the argument of the doctor with PTSD is invalid. In addition, according to Jarvis Lorry, as soon as the doctor had glimpsed at his daughter, Lucie Manette, whom he has not seen for 18 years, he has been “recalled to life” and has been slowly coming back to his original self. It seems as if the doctor drives of Lucie in order to maintain happiness. On a Tuesday I met up with Mr. Lorry and a 25-year-old gentleman Charles Darnay to further up my research on the doctor’s condition. According

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