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Bri-Ann Sprague Professor Bruemmer English II DL2 12 October 2014 “Gilman’s Illness’s” “Sent home with the advice to live as a domestic a life as possible, to have but two hours intellectual life a day, and never to touch pen, brush, or pencil again as long as I lived.” Has a Doctor ever prescribed you a dose of something, or anything that you did not want to take? Of course in your lifetime you have taken medical advice from one Doctor or another. This was not the case of Charlotte Perkins Gilman in the story of “The Yellow Wallpaper.” It is believed that Gilman suffered from depression, but what we do not consider is her childhood psychological issues that made her the women she was, and being a mother and a housewife only made this worse for her condition. A wise way to look at Gilman is having Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), with Postpartum Depression, following after having a child, and being condemned to the housewife roll. PTSD is “ described in the psychiatric literature as a response to an intense, life- threatening, or violent event. It has many peculiarities that set it apart from other psychological disorders and yet is often comorbid with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and antisocial personality disorder.  It is remarkably resistant to treatment. (Ruden, Ronald)   PTSD signs are anxiety, depression, sever emotional distress.  I have to agree with Gilman in the story, being on “rest therapy,” only made her condition
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worse and more frustrating. The controlling ways of her husband, made her feel that she
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