Dominic Carter's Struggle With Mental Illness

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Mental illness is a plague that incapacitates the human brain and corrupts people’s thoughts and feelings. “In the United States and internationally mental disorders are common.“ According to the National Institute of mental Health (Statistic, page 1) an estimated 26.2 percent of American ages 18 and older , that’s about one in four adults, suffer from diagnosable mental disorder in a given year”. Many people walk the challenges of mental illness without a proper diagnosis, or confirming their suspicion that something is wrong with how they are functioning on a daily basis. It is important to note that mental illnesses affects the relationship between parents, children, siblings, friends and ultimately with society as a whole. Untreated mental illness negatively impacts the hum brain in different capacities. People suffering from mental illness have difficulties making daily living skill choices and decisions. Dominic Carter is a successful Journalist working for the biggest media conglomerate in the United States. He works for Time Warner, NY1, and has interviewed people of the caliber of Nelson Mandela, Michael Jackson and has appeared on the cover of The New York Times, something Dominic never thought he would achieve. Dominic also attended many social events at the White House where he had the opportunity to meet with former President, Bill Clinton. During the rise of his career Dominic Carter decided to uncover his past history and what he discovers is not the typical loving and caring story of a mother, son relationship. Dominic describes how his mother struggle with mental illness and how his life was impacted by his life was negatively impacted by his mother’s mental illness. Like Dominic Carter’s mother, there are millions of people struggling with mental illness. In the case of Dominic Carter’s mother, she was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia. According to the internet article (page 1) schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disease. Approximately 1 percent of the population develops schizophrenia during their lifetime, more than 2 millions Americans suffer from the illness in a given year. Although schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency, the disorder often appears earlier in men, usually in the late teens or early twenties, than in women who are generally affected in the twenties to early thirties”. According to the Johns Hopkins Medicine, (page 1) the signs and symptoms of schizophrenia are, delusion, hallucinations, bizarre behavior, disorganized speech and negative symptoms, that include lack of motivation or interest, diminished cognitive functioning and decreased emotional expression”. As per the descriptive information provided by Dominic in his book, he states that his mother, sexually and physically abuse him. It is clear that due to Dominic’s mother‘s mental illness, her cognitive functioning were severely diminished .(Carter, D., p 2). ...

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