March 7, 2017

Appalachian Mental Health by Susan E. Keefe

By Susan E. Keefe

"This quantity is the 1st to discover largely many vital theoretical and utilized concerns about the psychological health and wellbeing of Appalachians. The authors--anthropologists, psychologists, social employees and others--overturn many assumptions held via past writers, who've tended to determine Appalachia and its humans as being ruled via a tradition of poverty."

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How long can I keep up this charade? I tiptoed to the basement door and heard Ben sobbing on the phone to a friend. I went back to bed and tried to read; I took out my journal and began to write, but the written word was no match for the turmoil I felt. Ben’s not doing his homework had been forgotten, but the issues behind it were wearing a tremendous hole in the fabric of our family life, growing ever more ragged as we pulled at them. When would it stop unraveling? After an hour, Ben came back upstairs and knocked on my door.

We normalize what is going on. —National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family Handout: “Predictable Stages of Emotional Reactions among Family Members” Ben started his junior year at Trumbull High in August. Ali was entering eighth grade then and had grown into a loveliness that always surprised me. Tall now, almost my height. New curves. A wickedly funny laugh. Brown eyes with flecks of light, not at all like the dark brown eyes Ben had inherited from me. “She’s such an old soul,” said one teacher to me.

By that April, Ben’s track record at Fieldstone had settled into a familiar pattern: homework completed always at the last minute, if at all. indb 27 5/9/11 9:09 AM 28 Ben Behind His Voices himself. He was well liked by many of these teachers, though, and everyone seemed to be rooting for him to succeed. His English teacher summed it up in the most positive way she could: Ben is a bright, original boy battling tension, disorganization, distraction, and plain worry most of the time. He needs calming and reassuring influences to help him achieve a suitably quiet mental setting.

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