Even today, Marilyn Monroe is recognized as one of the most iconic stars of the 1950s and 1960s. She was one of the earliest sex symbols to amass millions of followers and remains a mysterious figure whose life, death, and legacy continue to fascinate and perplex people.
Monroe had a great life, but he also had to deal with a lot of difficulties and health problems, not to mention struggles with his mental health. The star had trouble reading and talking from a young age due to dyslexia and a stammer. It had an impact on her life as a student and continued to do so into her adulthood and career.
Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner describe Marilyn as having had “awful dreams” throughout her life, which kept her up at night. She suffered from bipolar disorder and consequently lost contact with reality on numerous occasions. Not to mention the horrific pain she endured every month during her menstruation.
The book also covered the actress’s skin rash and hives, as well as the actress’s development of chronic colitis, which resulted in gastrointestinal pain and nausea. She had spent her childhood moving from foster home to orphanage due to her mother’s mental illness and her father’s absence. The author went on to detail the many drugs she used to “calm down or build strength” in order to deal with the stress of working in Hollywood.
All of these things are said to have made the actor’s problems worse and led to his sad death…
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The Family of Marilyn Has Mental Illness
The mother of Marilyn Baker, Gladys Baker, struggled with schizophrenia. Sadly, she spent Marilyn’s whole life moving in and out of psychiatric hospitals. Baker spent a period of time in an institution from 1910 to 1945. It makes reasonable that Marilyn would have looked for love somewhere but within herself. Glady’s felt equally lost while she waited for her mother to return home and show her the affection she needed. Because her mother had no other option, it’s critical to have sympathy for both of them.
Today, the most stigmatized mental disorder is still schizophrenia. Still, access to treatment is not as widespread. As much as we might want to blame her for leaving Marilyn behind, perhaps it would be more acceptable to blame the society that imprisoned them both. If only Gladys Baker had been able to warn Marilyn about what lay ahead.
Della Monroe, Marilyn’s grandmother, suffered from mental illness and postpartum depression. Tilford Marion Hogan, her great-grandfather, committed suicide.
Marilyn’s Early Symptoms of Mental Illness
Close family members disclose that Marilyn went through bouts of psychosis and delusions as a youngster, including the episode involving the death of her dog, in Hollywood Legends Collectors’ Edition 2017 Marilyn – Her Untold Story.
Marilyn struggled to make friends at school, but she developed a strong relationship with her dog Tippy. Tippy was struck by a vehicle one day when Marilyn was at school. His body was discovered by a neighbor, who left it in Marilyn’s house’s driveway. Tippy had clearly been struck by a car, but Marilyn was not inclined to accept this information.
She was adamant that Tippy was cruelly murdered by being split in half with a garden hoe by the neighbors who had complained about the dog’s barking. Nobody was able to persuade her otherwise. Ida and Wayne Bolender, Marilyn’s foster parents, were worried about how Marilyn reacted to the situation. Early childhood can see the onset of mental disease.
Despite the challenges she encountered as a foster child, Marilyn persisted in her pursuit of an acting profession. But the growing star nonetheless exhibited the symptoms of mental illness.
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