Depression And Suicide In Ordinary People By Judith Guest

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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 …show more content…
Guilt is a way we have of recognizing that we have not lived up to our own values and standards. At its best, it is an opportunity to acknowledge and rectify mistakes. But often guilt bleeds into shame. We can see this in Chapter 14 where Conrad says “Afterward. The hammer blows of guilt and remorse. He has no weapons with which to fight them off. No words of comfort, none of Berger 's advice applies. He has slandered her, to her face and behind her back. He has pushed everyone away who tries to help. If he could apologize. If he only could but they are no longer at home to him and it is not their fault. All his fault. All connections with him result in failure. Loss.” Conrad has a lot of guilt from the death of his brother and he constantly blames himself for everything that happened. This feeling is escalated when he confronts his mother, where his mother treats him less than his brother. The people who suffer guilt usually have conflicts with the people that they love, because the victim thinks that they have shamed their family by doing this. A lot of time people say that they have disgraced their family name, and just like in the book Beth felt that Conrad tainted the family …show more content…
They are terrifying idea that haunts us in our mind when we go to sleep. Nightmares probably evolved to help make us anxious about potential danger. Even post-traumatic nightmares, which just re-traumatize us, may have been useful in ancestral times when a wild animal that had attacked you, or a rival tribe that had invaded might well be likely to come back. Conrad did experience many of these throughout the book, with many subjects and moments in his life. He has one with his brother an him holding the boat, now this is a reoccurring theme in the book. Conrad is being reminded of this moment where he had the hardest moment, watching his brother die in front of him. Since he has the nightmares, this causes him to be constantly reminded about this, which led to his suicide. He also has reoccurring nightmares about his time in the hospital, this leads him to be little bit depressed throughout the book. This is common in most people waiting to commit suicide because they are constantly haunted by bad dreams and do not know how to escape them. When we are constantly scared we cannot handle it and when nothing is working to help, we got to extreme

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