Reading Journal and responding to Questions (Dear Parent, Your Child Has Had a Psychotic Break)

Reading Journal and responding to Questions (Dear Parent, Your Child Has Had a Psychotic Break)

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ReadingJournal and responding to Questions (DearParent, Your Child Has Had a Psychotic Break)

ArticleTitle:‘Dear Parent, Your Child Has Had a Psychotic Break’

AuthorName:Marcia Morris

Yourname:(insertyour names)

  1. Why did you choose this article?

Withreference to why I choose this article, the article heading/topicdrew my attention, and I found myself wanting to know more about theso called by the author psychotic break. In addition, I as wellwanted to know how a person should communicate the sad news such as apsychotic break to parents who are miles away from their children.Moreover, I got interested in knowing some of the major causes ofmental illness among children who recently joined school and how youcan adapt to the school environment to avoid such.

  1. How much did you know about this topic before reading?

Beforecoming across and reading this article by MarciaMorris(DearParent, Your Child Has Had a Psychotic Break)had little information/knowledge about the topic. I had no idea thatthe pressure of joining college could lead to a psychiatriccondition, especially if one does not adapt properly to such scenarioand find a way to balance such pressures.

  1. Write a short summary (1-2 paragraphs) about the content of this article. What was the main idea? What were the most important supporting details?

Thearticle addresses the challenges faced by students in adjusting tonew college environment. It discusses how students can becomementally sick if they do not adjust properly to the new collegepressures. Going ahead, these mental problems should be identifiedearly and timely interventions done to promote a quick recovery as inthe case of Jacob. The article also cites the need for support andmentorship for such students from parents and peers just as Jacob’smother did. Finally, the article talks of the need to adhere to thetreatment plan to avoid a reemergence of the psychiatric break.

  1. Write a short reaction (1-2 paragraphs) to this article. How convincing was the author’s argument? Did you agree with him/her? Why or why not?

Thearticle’s author has a well-developed and presented argument thatis very convincing. I totally agree with her that the pressures of anew environment can lead to a psychotic break, especially in childrenwith prior mental conditions. Therefore, such children should betreated properly to promote readjustment to the new environment. Thestudents should also be supported by family and friends and shouldsee a psychiatrist every once in a while for assessment of theirprogress.

  1. What was the most interesting fact or idea in this article? Why was it interesting to you?

Themost interesting fact in the article is the rapid recovery of Jacobafter having a psychotic break following admission and successfultreatment. He does not have to call off the semester as he recoversquickly and goes back to taking care of himself. It is amazing howquickly the treatment regimen worked.

  1. Please list a MINIMUM (more is ok!) of 5 words or expressions you read, which were unfamiliar to you. Use Merriam-Webster’s learner’s dictionary ( to look up the definition for each word/idiom and write it down*.

  • Psychotic Break: having a very serious mental illness that makes you act strangely or believe things that are not true

  • Disheveled: Not neat/untidy

  • Array Of Treatment: a number/several treatment methods

  • Bipolar Disorder: A mental illness where one was changing moods of depression and happiness

  • Concede: To accept or admit unwillingly


Morris,Marcia. “DearParent, Your Child Has Had A Psychotic Break“.Opinionator.N.p., 2015. Web. 22 Sept. 2015.