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Emily Scism

My character is Cheryl Strayed, from her autobiography that is later adapted into a movie, Wild. After suffering the loss of her mother to cancer, Cheryl quickly slipped into depression and drug use. After suffering a miscarriage she then decided on a whim to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, a thousand mile hike with no experience and completely by herself working on the path to overcome all the chaos the loss of her mother brought her too. (Cheryl Strayed)

My final paper will have an introduction, a little bit of the experiences Cheryl dealt with after the loss of her mother which brings us to my diagnosis. Then I hope to talk about different depression treatments that one could take, and how there are studies that show expertise actually helps depression. (Olson, 2017) In conclusion, I will talk about how much trauma Cheryl put herself through but how being away and fully alone with her thoughts helped her come to terms with a lot of the problems Cheryl made for herself.

While Wild is a wonderful and world changing book, and movie because Reese Witherspoon is an absolute favorite of mine, I don’t think that Wild really shows how some people do need help with their depression. Cheryl has friends and a husband who frequently reach out to help her and she went to therapy for a little while to deal with the loss of her mother but she was so angry about it that it caused everyone to be unable to really connect with her. While those in her life expected Cheryl to be upset about the loss of her mother, and the hospital offered therapy to help her deal with that loss, I don’t think they really caught the depression in time. Or realised the magnitude of what was happening until after Cheryl started drugs and suffered a miscarriage. To have a support group that is all on the same page to help get an individual help with depression can be key. (Rubenstein, 2009) While Cheryl’s support group was fierce, no one was really talking to each other so not everyone was aware of what was happening to Cheryl until she got on the PCT by herself. After that, Cheryl’s life thankfully changed for the better.

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Olson, R. L., Brush, C. J., Ehmann, P. J., & Alderman, B. L. (2017). A randomized trial of aerobic exercise on cognitive control in major depression. Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal Of The International Federation Of Clinical Neurophysiology, 128(6), 903–913.….

Rubenstein, L. V. (2009). Determining key features of effective depression interventions [electronic resource] / HSR&D ; prepared by: Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System/Southern California/RAND Evidence-based Practice Center ; investigators: Lisa V. Rubenstein … [et al.]. Washington, DC : Dept. Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research & Development Service, 2010. Retrieved from…

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Reno Cruz


According to Lieber (2018), in the United States, nearly 30 million people are affected by eating disorders. One of the most common eating disorders recognized in the DSM-5 is known as Anorexia Nervosa which is characterized by “low body weight and body image distortion with an obsessive fear of gaining weight which manifests itself through depriving the body of food (“Eating Disorders Victoria”, 2016). In my final project, I chose to talk about the main character who suffers from anorexia nervosa in the Netflix film titled “To the Bone”, written and directed by Marti Noxon (IMDb, 2017).


In the film, Ellen is a young 20-year-old female suffering from anorexia who lives with her father, stepmother, and sister. Ellen doesn’t feel loved and seems to be having a hard time because her biological mother and father divorced. Her mother has since remarried and is now living in another state with her new partner. With all of the family issue she’s facing, her eating disorder has worsened and she’s been in and out of hospitals and treatment centers.

Assessment / Presenting Problems

Ellen is showing symptoms of anorexia nervosa because she is obsessed with not eating, she fears to gain weight, she frequently counts calories, and obsessively exercises, she even has bruises on her back from the frequent sit-ups she performs. She also faces other problems such as feeling disconnected from her mother, father, and sister. Sometimes she even feels like a burden to her family because she is often weak and very sick due to her eating disorder. Furthermore, she is also showing signs of depression due to the physical and mental issues she’s dealing with.

Treatment Strategy

I think the best treatment strategy for Ellen would be through psychotherapy, specifically individual and group therapy. I also believe that family therapy is necessary so that Ellen gets the proper support to help her throughout her treatment. In addition, therapy could also help the family work through their issues by finding ways to better communicate with each other.

Through her struggles, Ellen has clearly shown that she is resilient and is able to overcome the hardships she has faced. I believe that with the help of her microsystems (family, friends, and therapy groups), Ellen can build a network of support to help keep her accountable while in treatment. In addition, people from organizations such as her workplace and local church can also help encourage her to keep focused throughout her recovery (Miller, 2008). Furthermore, through social cognitive theory, a psychologist can help Ellen understand how her negative behaviors from not eating are causing damage to her body; the hope is to help her change those behaviors into positive ones so that she can build a healthier lifestyle (Curtin & Martz, 2008).

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Liebert, A. (2018). Eating disorders. A guide to getting treatment for a healthy future. Retrieved from…

Miller, R. (2008). Community psychology. 21st-century psychology: A reference handbook. Retrieved from…

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