Mental Illness, Abuse, and its Effect on Relationships

Kristen Bowe
English 1500
Professor Moyle

Mental Illness, Abuse, and its Effect on Relationships

Imagine: Being in a loving relationship where your partner always cared for you, asks you everything about your day, never hits you, but still abuses you emotionally and mentally. This was true of Lisa Fontes from an article from the New York Times titled: "With Coercive Control, the Abuse is Psychological". The main point of this article was coercive control, which is described as a behavior used to dominate partners by way of manipulation, humiliation, financial abuse, and countless other abusive tactics. In stories like "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "Hills Like White Elephants" ...

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its main treatment "the rest cure" and how her character deals with that as well as her guidance from her husband. In light of the time period and its treatment of mental issues along with the dynamics of a relationship, these factors will determine whether the relationship is healthy or not.
Out of the stories mentioned, the oldest one is "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson. This story was published in 1892 and therefore has the oldest ideas of what to do with someone with some mental issues. The main character of the story is a woman suffering from what her husband thinks is just "temporary nervous depression" and is placed in a house in which she is ordered to just rest as much as possible in order to get better. During this point in time, husbands usually had more authority in a marriage so not only did he have that over her he was also her doctor, which gave him much more power also considering she was mentally ill. Right in the beginning of the story the ...

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no good for her family and basically saying she is crazy for thinking she is crazy! Also, he is saying that she should just listen to him solely on the fact that he is a doctor. In this era, doctors may not have recognized it but the narrator is suffering from postpartum depression that is a result from their newborn child, which she mentions a lot in the story that she can't really take care of it. Due to their dynamic as a married couple with a child, the narrator's mental illness along with her husband's controlling nature makes this a very unhealthy relationship. Throughout the entire story, the reader can tell that the wife is uncomfortable in the house and wishes to leave because ...

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