MARILYN MONROE'S MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES
Marilyn Monroe, the iconic "Blonde Bombshell" of Hollywood, is famous for her bold roles and sex appeal.
A child of a broken marriage and foster homes, she reeled under professional pressures.
She also endured a string of unsuccessful relationships.
She developed self-esteem issues, performance anxiety, depression, paranoia, and drug addiction.
In 1961, as Monroe's mental health reached a critical point, her physicians Lee and Paula Strasberg recommended her hospitalization.
She was forcefully admitted to the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York.
Monroe was isolated, put in a tiny cell, and threatened with a straight jacket.
In a series of letters, she wrote of the harrowing treatment for her depression and insomnia.
Her second husband help her out, and she started psychoanalysis with Dr. RalphGreenson in Los Angeles.
However, her paranoia and erratic behavior heightened.
Tragically, Monroe passed away on August 5, 1962, at the age of 36.
Cause of death? An overdose of barbiturates.
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