Marilyn Monroe's Symbols Of Mental Depression

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Being thrust into the hands of fame as a mere child unaware of the hardships to come, drove Marilyn Monroe into a frighteningly unstable mental state. Monroe’s life was far from traditional from the beginning, yet few expected one of the largest sex symbols of the fifties to suffer an extreme nervous breakdown and mental disorders. Those close to her saw it more than the public, but Marilyn Monroe was a mentally fragile woman. From the rise of her name as an indisputable up and coming actress, manic depression in later years followed by hospitalization, to her suicide in 1962, there is no doubt that Monroe’s depressive disorder permanently marked her work. Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926. Gladys Baker, Monroe’s …show more content…
Monroe struggled with substance abuse from the beginning of her fame, and it was apparent that the abuse worsened during her depression. Sources say Monroe always had pills with her, even on set. She would need pills to sleep, then medication the next day to function, and if it were a bad day she would take some for anxiety. Some of her colleagues wondered how she was functioning under the constant influence of such strong drugs. It is also noted that at any sign of stress, which is a large part of life in front of the camera, Monroe would seek comfort in drugs. When her abuse was at a high point, her work was slowed down and her relationships were worsening (Taraborelli …show more content…
After each of the attempts, she denied that she had tried to kill herself. However, whether her seeming attempts were or not is irrelevant because on August 4, 1962, Marilyn Monroe committed suicide. This suicide is perhaps the largest proof of her ongoing mental battle and how strained her life had become. Monroe had a rather depressed day and took a large amount of barbiturates, resulting in her death (Taraborelli 470-473). Those who are unreadily exposed to stardom will often suffer from the limelight rather than benefit. From her difficult childhood to eventful stardom, Marilyn Monroe’s death was a tragedy that struck the nation. Left to seek her own future and find her own happiness, Monroe fell into a dark hole that many do. It was often unseen how Monroe struggled on a daily basis with her own mental state, but it is apparent that her mental disorders left the same mark on her life as her life left on the

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