Analysis Of The Book ' Ordinary People By Judith Guest Essay

1024 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Depression and suicide are two causes of death that are increasing in prevalence for all age groups. They are also on the rise in a specific age group, that of older adults. The theory behind this finding is that teenagers are becoming more and more depressed and committing suicide at a greater rate than ever before is due to their failing physical and mental health. In the book Ordinary People by Judith Guest, we had read about a boy named Conrad Jarret, which had many signs of depression. Recently after reading the Dear Abby article, there were some symptoms mentioned that show that someone is depressed. Looking at it, a direct comparison was made to Conrad’s behavior throughout the book. Three symptoms that stood out to me were: Change in personality, Feeling overwhelming guilt, and nightmares. After the death of his brother Buck, Conrad had changed in a lot of ways. Conrad had gone from a happy teenager with a normal life, to a depressed person questioning fate. This is what most teenagers go through this when they are thinking about committing suicide. Depressant actions typically include withdrawal, isolation, disconnection, general inactivity, and disengagement. These feelings cause the people to be way different than what they used to be, they tend to think that no one cares about them. They feel like the whole world has a personal Vendetta against them, but luckily for Conrad we see that even though he is a little depressed he has things that help him get…

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