We Heard the Angels of Madness

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Mark was a freshman at the University of Colorado, thousands of miles away from his parents who lived in Connecticut. He was the younger sibling to his brother who was also attending college. He had never had any vast problem with the law except for a speeding ticket when he was in high school. Overall, Mark was a well-behaved college student. His parents, Diane and Chris, were a joyous couple throughout their marriage. Chris worked for a computer software company which required him to spend most of his time traveling. Due to this, Diane was a little more attached to her kids then he was. She was one of the first people to notice Mark slowly changing and becoming ill. Mark’s first peculiar behavior started near his college. He had chosen a place where he knew people would notice him bearing a microwave across the campus. He hurled the microwave straight at a glass window at a deli. After doing this, he ran to the salad bar inside the deli and dumped all the toppings and dressings to the floor. The unusual thing about this is that after the chaos he created, he patiently waited for the police to come and arrest him. Following the incident, his mother was contacted causing her and others to wonder whether he was being affected by the ‘college life’. What no one knew about Mark was that he heard voices inside his head that told him what to do, and that he was slowly becoming a victim to one of the many mental illnesses present in this world. Mental illnesses had not been recognized as a medical problem until the late 18th century. They are usually considered “familial disorders” because many people have gone through the experience before with a parent, sibling, or child. In this book, Mark was the only person in his fa... ... middle of paper ... ...essive was just someone who sat alone and talked to themselves in a psychiatric ward. Society categorizes this type of people as bipolar but no one truly understands the struggle they are going through until they are in their shoes. I would have never thought that finding help would be so difficult for a person. Like Diane in the story, I would have also thought the person was having a “phase” in their life. My family has no history of anyone having a mental illness. If this were to occur to any family member of mine “Manic Depression” would have been the last thing to cross their minds. My family would have ignored it and possibly even punished the person for their unexplainable behavior. Thanks to this book I have learned you can’t have your life for granted and that anyone, at any time in their life’s can become a victim to the mental illnesses in this world.
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