Bettie Page

Pin-up Legend & A Survivor Of Scizophernia
Written by Elise A. Gale

In the 1950's, Bettie Page made sexuality and confidence. But there's another side to the beautiful woman that her modeling doesn't show.

Born on April 22, 1923, in Nashville, Tennessee, Bettie (Mae) Page posed for Playboy in 1955, and worked with pin-up photographers Bunny Yeager and Irving Klaw. A series of bondage photos brought Page to the attention of the Kefauver Hearings on obscenity in 1957, an event that contributed to her departure from modeling and decades-long reclusiveness. Page died in California in 2008, afer a long battle with mental illness.

Bettie Page  struggled with schizophrenia, a chronic, severe, and disabilitating brain disorder that effects people throughout history.

Bettie suffered from depression, violent mood swings, and spent several years in a mental institution. Page shows a lot of symptoms of schizophrenia, and seems to be triggered by traumatic events. When she was young, her father, an auto mechanic, molested her, and her other two siblings. After her parent's divorce, the problems never seemed to end. Her mother never paid much attention to her. Her mother had a low opinion having girls as children, ruining Bettie's confidence. Despite this, she fought her violation, lack of ambition, and found a form of freedom through her modeling and sense of sensual confidence.

Sadly, Page's mental condition continued to diminish. She had to marriages, both ending in divorce. In 1967, Page attacked her landlady with a knife. She spent 10 years in a California mental institution when the judge asked her to plead insanity.

In her last days, she got enough treatment to spend time with her brother, Jack Page, and Joyce Wallace. Bettie Page is now remembered as a sex symbol, one of the first to show the glamor in the community of BDSM.

Schizophrenia causes people to not make much sense when they talk, have difficulty holding a job or caring for one's self, and often relies on other people for help.

Symptoms consist of:

Delusions (false beliefs that are not a part of the person's culture), Hallucinatitions (hearing, seeing smelling, 0r feeling things that aren't there), Thought disorders (dysfunctional thinking), and disruption of normal emotion and behaviors.

Changes to the DSM 4 that were found in the DSM 5:

There were 2 changes made to DSM 4 about the subject of schizophrenia. One was "the elimination of the special attribution to bizarre delusions and Schneiderian first-rank auditory hallucinations. The second change is the addition of a Criterion A that the individual must have one of the three symptoms of the disorder: delusions, hallucinations, or disorganized speech.

Treatments for schizophrenia are:

Antipsychotic medications, such as Thorazine, Haldol, Proxine, Navane, and Trilafon, to name a few. There's two phases to treatment, acute phase, which is brief, and maintence phase, which is life-long.

Therapy is also another form of treatment. Includes individual psychotherapy, rehabilitation, cognitive remediation, family education, and self-help groups. All of which help with an understanding of the disorder, how to deal with it, and how to react when it acts up at high points in life.


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