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Was Marilyn a schizophrenic or bi polar?

Marilyn always believed insanity ran in her family. However, this is not entirely true.

Marilyn’s great grandfather Tilford Hogan committed suicide in 1933 due to his failing health and the Great Depression.

Marilyn’s grandfather, Otis Monroe died in 1909 from syphilis of the brain. His wife, Della, believed that her husband died from a mental disorder which is incorrect.

Della later suffered from an inflammation of the heart which caused her to have many mood swings and manic-depressive states. She rarely saw the doctor or remembered to take her medication. There was no psychological profile relating to her death, which was caused by heart disease.

Marilyn’s mother Gladys also suffered from being run down from working long hours, inhaling dangerous chemicals whilst working as a film cutter, as well as depression and mood swings. She was then given medication that triggered abnormal behaviour. The effects of many medicines were unknown especially when it came to mental health. 

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  • lana

    So gladys was misdiagnosed? Wasn’t she schizophrenic?

    • Our Marilyn Monroe

      Hi, thanks for your comment.

      Gladys was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. However, there are a lot of contributing factors to what may have triggered this illness as schizophrenia can be brought on by particularly stressful situations, causing psychotic episodes.

      Gladys was experiencing the following:
      – Depression
      – Mental and physical exhaustion
      – Taking medication that may affect mental health
      – Trauma
      – Exposure to chemicals through working in a cutting room.

      Although the illness can be genetic, which is something Gladys feared, it is not necessarily the case with Marilyn’s family as many of the factors that caused their mental health issues were environmental, biological and medical as opposed to genetic.

      Marilyn’s grandmother died from heart issues which caused mental health problems due to lack of oxygen to the brain . Her grandfather died from syphilis of the brain. Hope this helps.

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