Psychology Research Paper: People with Mental Illnesses
Virginia Wolf was a British novelist. Virginia suffered from mood disorder and her mood symptoms redated their other conditions. The nature and course of her mood and behavior symptoms were consistent with a diagnosis of an independently existing affective illness. Her family histories of depression, manic-depressive illness, and suicide coupled with their own symptoms were sufficiently strong to warrant their inclusion. Virginia most commonly suffered from bipolar depression with feverish writing periods and gloomy weeks. She was put in a Asylum or psychiatric hospital, and made attempts of killing herself.
Lionel Aldridge was the defensive end for the Green Bay Packers in the 1960’s, and he played in two super bowls. Lionel suffered fromschizophrenia & was homeless for 2 & 1/2 years in the 1970’s. Lionel used to give inspirational talks to young people about his 20-year bout with
schizophrenia and paranoia. Lionel has been in numerous newspaper and magazine articles for his ability to fight the disease he has fought most of his life. His message was simple to families who have mentally ill children or adults, don’t give up on them. His motto was, ”Believe they can get well.” Lionel lost his battle with schizophrenia and paranoia as he passed away in 1998.
Eugene Gladstone O’Neill was born on October 16th, 1888 in New York City. He was one of the most famous play writers of all time. Eugene suffered from clinical depression. Eugene often was placed in an Asylum or psychiatric hospital for numerous suicide attempts. He attended Princeton for one year, but was expelled. The following year Eugene enrolled at Harved University.O’Neill won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1936, and Pulitzer Prizes for four of his plays: Beyond the Horizon (1920); Anna Christie (1922); Strange Interlude (1928); and Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1957). O’Neill is credited with raising American dramatic theater from its narrow origins to an art form respected around the world. He is regarded as America’s premier playwright. O’Neill continued to write until 1944 when he was stricken with a debilitating muscular disease which prevented further work. Without the ability to write with his hands, Eugene was forced to stop writing entirely. Eugene passed away in 1953.
Jimmy Piersall had three different personalities while playing for the Boston Red Sox. Piersall acted differently before his disease, during his disease, and after his disease. Piersall suffered from Bipolar disease. He would yell at teammates, his family, and coaches. Many felt his father was the main cause of his disorder because Jimmy could never do anything right in his eyes. After Jimmy hit an inside the park home run for the Red Sox he ran over the screen and started to climb over it. His father was on the other side, and Piersall was repeating, “Is that good enough for you dad?” This enabled everyone to see Jimmy had serious problem. Piersall suffered a nervous breakdown and entered a sanitarium in the middle of the 1952 season. He made a comeback in 1953, and wrote a book about his struggles with mental illness, Fear Strikes Out, which was made into a motion picture. Piersall’s problems were very public, but he carried himself with dignity, and with a distinct sense of humor about his ordeals. He never quite rid himself of his unique behavior, quipping that he’d “give ’em their money’s worth” if the crowds came out to see him.
Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848) was a world famous opera singer. Like Piersall Gaetano suffered from Bipolar depression. Death to close family members plagued Gaetano throughout his life. He met his wife Virginia Vasselli while he was in Rome in the 1820’s and later married her in 1828. They had three children, none of whom survived. His parents died in the mid 1830’s. A year after his parents death, his wife succumbed to a cholera epidemic. Donizetti himself suffered from cerebro-spinal syphilis. Symptoms of his illness became evident as early as 1843, and by 1845 his condition deteriorated to the point that he was institutionalized for almost a year and a half. Friends in Bergamo finally arranged for Donizetti to be brought back