Mental Disorders

By: Lexi Isaacson and Willow Larsen


Living with someone who has a mental disorder can be a challenge

  • Establishing: People can establish this theme by spending time with someone with a mental disorder.
  • Explanation: mental disorders cause people to be "slower" so its hard to keep patience with them, so it makes it challenging.

"it's a disorder, not a decision."


1. Q: How do people with mental disorders get treated?

A: They get treated as if they are a lower class than people without a mental disorder.

2. Q: how many adults in the US have a mental disorder?

A: 26.2%

3. Q: What's the most popular mental disorder?

A: Specific phobias

3. Q: How do we solve this issue?

A: There will never be a way to solve the problem completely, but there are ways to prevent it. Ex: People with mental disorders should keep the reproducing to a minimum because it gets passed along in genes.

How do you feel about the topic?

I think that everyone in this world has had experience or seen someone with a mental disorder. But you never stop to realize how lucky you are to be the way you are. Because I guarantee that for those with the disorder in some cases can make things much more difficult for them to do. I believe that everyone should be treated the same , no matter what the circumstance is. It shouldn't matter what kind of disorder or illness someone has they are just the same person you are just slightly different.

How do we fix or solve this issue?

You should always persuade others to not leave anyone out no matter what the situation is. Everyone should be treated just like the way they should treat you. Push others to talk to those with different disorders so those people don't feel left out. Or perhaps even learning about how parents or friends treat or take care of those with children with mental disorders, and try to see how it makes them feel.

Poem written by someone with a mental disorder that talks about giving up or moving forward

Life Is An Illusion

Surrounded by people yet all alone
Trapped within this solitary zone
A world where chaos and hate overtake
Every bit of happiness that may try to escape
Laughter and smiles never seem to last
Because I am haunted by memories of my past
Running the distance with nowhere to go
These are the days of my life, a Broadway show
Screaming for help, does anyone hear
The demons of death are coming so near
Echoes in my head tormenting me all day long
Breaking the woman who was once very strong
What does serenity mean anyway
Is it the swag in my step or just the words I say
Deep rooted evil no time for a soul mate
Wondering why joy is always a day late
Suicide is the easy answer many times I've tried
Happiness seems to be the tears I have cried
Unable to distinguish what's real from what's fiction
Hope is an illusion, an optimist's prediction
What will it take to get me right
A visit from the devil on a lonely night
Angels prepare to battle and take a stand
To remind me of their holy land
When I want to give up, they push for me to be strong
In my head I hear their harmonious song
A tranquil state I now find myself
Dealing with the hand in which I was dealt
Good vs evil, what does it really mean
Am I dirty when I appear to be clean
Life is an illusion a constant mind trick on me
Who knows what my fate will be
Heaven and hell are both fair game
Will I succumb to peace or fall down in shame
Surrounded by people yet all alone
Trapped within this solitary zone

This is a text clue written by someone that has a mental disorder and it explain how they can sometimes feel because of the conditions there in, or sometimes its simply because of their disorder that makes them feel the way they do.


1.Steinbeck writes, "I don't know where there is no other mouse. I remember a lady used to give' em to me--ever'one she got. But that lady ain't here."

George scoffed. "Lady, huh? Don't even remember who that lady was. That was your own Aunt Clara."

This piece of evidence shows how Lennie forgets things very easily due to his disorder, even people as close to him as his Aunt.

2. Steinbeck writes, "Want me ta tell ya what'll happen? They'll take ya to the booby hatch. They'll tie ya up with a collar, like a dog."

Suddenly Lennie's eyes centered and grew quiet, and mad. He stood up and walked dangerously toward Crooks. "Who hurt George?" he demanded."

This piece of evidence shows how just because Lennie misunderstood what Crooks said, he instantly freaked at him.

3. Steinbeck writes, "But I wouldn't eat none, George. I'd leave it all for you. You could cover your beans with it and I wouldn't touch none of it"

This piece of evidence shows how Lennie fixates on things like owning rabbits and so he's painfully eager to make George happy, so he gives up his imaginary ketchup




Mental disorders very well connects to the character Lennie in the story. He also has a disorder in the book and it clearly explains how it affects the people around him and his close friends. Its not always easy for him to control the things that he does sometimes and it causes George to become frustrated with him. Lennie tries his best to make George happy but it never works out because Lennie screws it up. As George talked about in the story how he would be better off without Lennie because of all the things that George has has to let down because of Lennie

Text Clue 1

“It's difficult to be diagnosed with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and major depressive disorder."

This text clue tells us that mental illnesses are very difficult to be diagnosed with. There are many different types of mental disorders. Some people think that mental disorders are the same as a mental illness but they are incorrect. there are many things that are different between the two, when people aren't educated on the topic they make assumptions on the topic.

Text Clue 2

"“It’s hard to see someone you love in pain and it’s confusing when someone you know well is not acting like themselves.”

This text clue shows us that when a loved one is diagnosed with a mental disorder it can be very hard on the family or the people around them. Especially the people that have to learn to cope with the people that they have to take care of that are diagnosed with a mental disorder. But although it can be very tough at times the best thing you can do is just be there for them.

Text Clue 3

“Supportive friends can play an important role in the mental health recovery process.”

This text clue talks about how having a friend next to the person with the disorder can be very helpful. Its as easy to go spend time with them or play games with them just to make them happier. Because they like to feel like people care about them just like everyone else does.

Lennie (characteristics, interactions, development, etc.)

Steinbeck writes, "If you don' want me I can g off in the hills an' find a cave. I can go away any time."

"No—look! I was jus' foolin', Lennie. 'Cause I want you to stay with me."

This text clue shows how Lennie is talking about how he would literally go jump into a lake if George felt that he didn't want Lennie there anymore.

Steinbeck writes, "Lennie went back and looked at the dead girl. The puppy lay close to her. Lennie picked it up. "I'll throw him away," he said. "It's bad enough like it is."

This text clue shows how because Lennie already knows he did something bad that he shouldn't of, he thinks throwing the dog away will make things slightly better.