HANNAH RAH AND JANIE PONGONIS
In the book Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Harry has crazy visions of people dying and also of his parents. With these visions he is having episodes of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder and one of the effects are seeing things that are not there.
J.K. Rowling writes, "But it wasn't an ordinary dream ... it was real ... I saw it happen ..." He took a deep breath, "Ron's dad - Mr. Weasley – has been attacked by a giant snake." (22.15 Rowling).
WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA?
"a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation." Google Dictonary
"I am Princess X" by Cherie Priest discusses how one of the main characters, May, shows signs of schizophrenia after her best friend, Libby, passes on. May is refusing to believe that she is really dead, and so she will go out of her way to prove that Libby is still alive. May even calls a professional to help her, and they soon become friends.
"Thought disorders (unusual or dysfunctional ways of thinking) [sic] Movement disorders (agitated body movements)" (National Institute of Mental Health) are what May experiences in her journey through out the book. She keeps thinking that Libby is out there somewhere, and that calling a professional to help with her computer will help her try to track down Libby.
"I came here one day
Through a black hole
And viewed the world
In a different light" (Hoeweler, 2)
is what Dan Hoeweler writes, and he writes this from first hand experience because he is schizophrenic.
There are people in the world that struggle with the judgements from other people. Dan Howler writes, "They say
I am mad
That I am evil
That my genes are corrupted
And my brain is deformed"
Once May realizes that Libby has died, she starts to act differently. First, she starts to think of things, like how death can occur at any given point in time, and that is on the opposite end of where she was thinking when Libby was alive. Secondly, she is refusing to trust anyone because she doesn't know who she can trust until she knows them completely well.
There are people in the world that have different symptoms but there are the people who have visions."The "psychotic symptoms" include a break with reality, hallucinations, delusions"
Harry Potter has visions that are beyond his control and I feel that J.K. Rowling is trying to show that Harry is a kid that has schizophrenic problems and he has crazy visions.
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