Depression causes many mental effects and in most cases, if not treated or helped, can result in suicide. In What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, the character, Bonnie, who struggles with depression and obesity, died of natural causes in her sleep. Anxiety and social isolation are common results from depression as well. For autism spectrum disorder, there is not cure for the condition. Teaching the child from an early age can help the case and make them a better learner for their future in education. While there is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, therapy sessions are the best help. In the case for depression and eating disorders, therapy is a great help as well. I chose this film because of the way it shows the lives of multiple characters who are suffering with a disorder. It shows emotions, hardships, and difficulty with taking care of another individual. My final thoughts on the movie are that while it is an older film, it still shows many excerpts on mental disorders. Every member of the Grape family had to deal with their mother and brother in their daily lives. The disorders are not diseases, but they are conditions. Conditions that develop from birth, childhood, or from an emotional period in their life. Therapy is the best form of help that a person with depression, an eating disorder, or autism can
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Down syndrome is a genetic condition which can cause intellectual and developmental disabilities. Persons affected with Down syndrome have the common will have an additional chromosome; instead of 46, they have 47 chromosomes. Down syndrome occurs in about one in every 733 births, making it one of the most common birth defect (Cadsa). The physical traits shared by Down syndrome children and adults make this genetic defect easily recognizable. As described on the website, The Arc (2010), these physical traits may include flattening of the back of the head, eyelids that slant upwards and outwards, small skin that folds at the inner corner of the eyes, flattened noses, small ears and a small mouth which will make the tongue seem large. Most will have decreased muscle tone, loose ligaments, small hands and feet, and overall, a smaller statue. There are two features that are not so recognizable and will affect fifty percent of those with Down syndrome; one line across the palm, and a big space between the first and second toes. Like most exceptionalities, not every child will have all of the physical characteristics described and may only show evidence of a few, yet others will exhibit the more severe attributes of Down syndrome. Physically and intellectually, children and adults with Down syndrome will have a broad spectrum of functionality. Typically, thos...
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Yearly studies have led to a broader knowledge of this Congenital Birth Defect, for example in the later years of the 19th century John Langdon Down published in a scholarly work a precise portrayal of an individual with Downs’s syndrome. Another, more recent researcher by the name of...
Down?s Syndrome, Trisomy 21, or Mongolism is one of the most common causes of mental retardation. The majority of Down?s Syndrome patients have a moderate retardation although it can range from mild to severe. Trisomy 21 occurs in about 1 in 800 live births. This incidence increases markedly as the age of the mother increases over 35. The prevalence in children born to young mothers is 1 in 1000, while it increases to almost 1 in 40 in children born to mothers over 40. Most individuals with Down?s Syndrome have characteristic features such as upward slanted eyes, broad flattened face, short neck, and a prominent tongue. Muscle coordination is often impaired in these individuals, resulting in uncoordinated posture and balance. Congenital heart disease is found in forty percent of these individuals, along with a near twenty fold increase in the risk of kidney malformation, thyroid abnormalities, diabetes, leukemia. Neurological retardation and impaired immune systems render these individuals more susceptible to infection and disease.
Arnie Grape’s disability has a number of traits and has developmental disability. When looking at Arnie, we notice he has sensory issues, inappropriate laughs and cries, ordinary tantrums like when he yells “I want hot dogs” like a four year old, poor verbal skills; he is able to speak but has limited vocabulary, he has major social issues and does not understand morals. Arnie comes from an economically depressed and dysfunctional family where incidents happen quite often such as the death of his father and older brother, the struggle of his obese mother who is unable to perform as a normal mother, the role of his older sister is like a mother to them, his younger sister who is in a stage where she has not found her identity yet and is embarrassed of Arnie, and finally Gilbert his second brother who acts as a male head of his family after his father’s death and is the main caregiver for Arnie. Indeed, every member of the family has a role in the house that fulfills every one of them. This paper will clarify the movie, the role of the characters and their purpose.