All of her paintings were from personal experiences such as her marriage, miscarriages and her numerous operations. Out of Kahlo’s 143 paintings 55 are self portraits. Over her bed was a mirror so she could see herself and this was how she produced the self portraits. I admire the way which she paints her portraits as she never tries to beautify herself as many would, in fact she seems to make herself appear uglier. ‘They thought I was a surrealist, but I wasn’t, I never painted my dreams, I painted my reality’.
Her mother was a Mexican Catholic, while her father was a German Jew. At the age of eighteen, Kahlo was one of many victims of a horrific bus accident. The result was a broken arm, collar bone, ribs, pelvis, leg, a crushed foot, and being skewered by a metal rod (Mike Chronology). The recovery from this accident is what prompted her work as a serious artist. As she lay in bed, alone, her only escape, or way to express herself was through her art.
After two weeks in the hospital, Kate developed an infection that placed her in a coma on a respirator, which is “saving” her for the time being. Another part of this chapter that I found extremely interesting was the reaction of Anna when, after much argument about hockey camp, Sara said, “Anna, don’t make me do this” (269). Anna hotly responds, “Do what, Mom? I don’t make you do anything,” (269) hinting on how, throughout her
A red vein links the two Frida’s together. At the age of six Frida got polio, which resulted in losing her right leg. Lonely and in pain, Frida made up an imaginary friend. The linking vein as well as the clasped hands suggests that Frida has re-created her imaginary friend in the form of herself. This imaginary friend being the only one to know how it felt to go through so much pain.
Victoria had been racially abused by a white patient, staff had tried their best to move her off the ward, and this has made akinyemi very annoyed and angry. After this many nurses covered her mouth and blind folded her for 20 minutes, in result to this Victoria then died of asphyxiation. Adding on to this her family was not informed about her death for 4 days. In June 2012, an inquest came to a result of ‘unintentional death’. The coroner made suggestions to improve practices.
This book tells the whole story of mental healthcare from the patient to the family affected by it, how the illness destroyed Sylvia Frumkin’s life and how she dealt with it, how the system did and didn’t help her, and how she persevered. Sylvia provided the book’s title. She was a student at New York’s High School of Music and Art when she had her first psychotic break. At 16, in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, she asked her mother “Is there no place on earth for me?” It’s a question she asked again and again over the years and by the book’s end, this question haunts me as well. Should patients be locked up in a mental institution or among our communities?
“… Who was it that wrote to the chemist saying his wife was a prostitute? And who was it that gave the lollipop man a nervous breakdown?” We also learn that the ‘kiddy’ has died of Leukemia and that the ‘couple opposite’ were actually going to visit him in the hospital every night. She then is given a suspended sentence and has to get regular visits from social workers, both of whom Miss Ruddock doesn’t like. You would think Miss Ruddock would redeem herself, instead Miss Ruddock continues to write letters this time to report the policeman whom she thinks is having an affair with the woman in ‘no. 56’.
Not unexpectedly, abuse or neglect by others accounts for over half of recorded instances of maltreatment. For example, a case is documented in Jackson County; Independence, Missouri of a woman living in the home of her son who emergency crews found unfed and in a recliner to which her skin had become fused. She also had an open wound infested with maggots. She died shortly thereafter. (KMBC.com; Kansas City News, 2011).
She was first admitted to the hospital after she slit her wrists with a knife; this is the time she had become despondent, irritable, and out of control at home. The night before our interview, she had slammed her hand against the wall in an outburst of anger and frustration stating “I can’t stand it anymore” (Oster and Montgomery 41). Depression is defined as mood changes and other behaviors that are categorized from a small-scale sadness to extreme feelings of sorrow and thoughts to commit suicide (Oster and Sarah 43). In teenagers it occurs frequently and around a period in their lives when their identity begins to change. This tends to occur at a time when both males and females are trying to be unique from their parents, have gender and sexuality issues, and are making decisions for their well being.
Marilyn Monroe would marry and divorce three times during her short life; it has been reported that she also had several affairs (Marilyn Monroe biography, 2013). She also suffered miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy during her marriages (Stephan, 2013). While Marilyn was a super star, she had many problems in her personal life, ranging from illness, to depression, and drug dependency (Marilyn Monroe biography, 2013). By the end of her life she had started being late to sets, and was fired from her last picture (Stephan, 2013). Marilyn was seeing several different psychologists; at the time of her death on of those Ralph S. Greenson actually found Marilyn’s body (Marilyn Monroe biography, 2013).