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MADNESS In order for one to fully understand the term madness we first need to show what the word really means After looking through numerous definitions and asking others on their views the definition from the oxford dictionary seemed to sum up the general thoughts of my family and friends a departure from what is normal or accepted a moral or mental lapse These views might differ from person to person as morals and ideas change and societies accept different behaviors Thus I believe madness generally changes its true meaning according to different societies perceptions Personally my belief is that madness comes in different packages such as mental illnesses like eating disorders manic depression schizophrenia and grief etc I only have personal experience with manic depression but for the purpose of the assignment I will also discuss others experiences with madness and will address how society in South Africa understands madness My first experience with madness was a highly traumatic event when my older cousin of a few years attempted to kill himself My cousin was diagnosed as having a chemical imbalance in his brain and suffering from manic depression In order to help him the doctors advised him to stay in Tara a psychiatric clinic for a few months with therapy and medication providing him with the help he needed All my family has been able to do is provide the much needed support love and encouragement as the nature of my cousins madness are feelings of worthlessness hopefulness and helplessness as well as a destroyed self-esteem This was my first experience with a so- called madness It is believed that madness often occurs at adolescence because of developmental demands and a variety of biological and social changes I can see through my experience with my cousin that the demands set by himself his family and society as well as the chemical dysfunction led him to
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