In this video, Dr. Flaura Koplin Winston, a pediatrician shares how PTSD affects children in the future. She explains how one event in a child's life can live with them forever. 1 in 8 children will have PTSD after a traumatic event. She explains that these traumatic events can be anything from a car crash to a death in the family. Carey’s traumatic event is almost guaranteed to cause PTSD in her life. Dr. Flaura Koplin Winston explains the three types of PTSD: reliving, avoidance, and hyper-arousal. Carey shows reliving and avoidance throughout the novel. Carey often mentions “The white-star night” when she is thinking. The white star night is the night where Carey was raped by a man who deals drugs to her mother. Carey did not want him to do the same to Janessa, so she takes her shot gun and kills him. She also avoids things that remind her of that night. She never went into that part of the woods after she left him there. Dr. Flaura Koplin Winston does a good job of explaining the gravity of PTSD and how these children are struggling. She explains that it is important for parents to notice symptoms in their children. This could have helped Carey and Jenessa, however her mother was barely present in her life. Carey not only had to deal with her PTSD but also the fact that her sister was also affected by it. Carey told Jenessa not to say anything, because she could get in trouble. Jenessa was younger, so she was affected more. She stopped talking after the traumatic event. This video shows how common PTSD is in children and how it can be noticed and helped.
This song represents how one's past can affect one's future. Through the novel, we watch as Janessa and Carey struggle to make friends and fit into society. They were raised in solitude, barely seeing anyone but each other. They were abandoned by their mother for weeks at a time. They learned how to survive by themselves. The writer of this song was raised in similar circumstances. She says that she was alone, and she became used to being alone. Carey has this struggle when she is debating whether or not to trust her father. She had never trusted anyone before. Could she even love him? The songwriter knows what it is like to be scared to be loved. She warns the listener that she is too crazy and has too many problems to be loved. Her internal struggles affect her social life. This song directly shows how domestic abuse affects someone even after it is over. It shows how hard it is to be loved when you have never been loved before. No song could relate to Carey and Jenessa more.
This TED talk is based on the crucial aspect of child development. Many people think that money, socialization, and protection are the most important influence on children. Weisner explains that although these are important, there's one overarching concept that in turn affects all of these things. That thing is location and environment. Weisner talks about Africa and how children's lives are so dramatically different than ours. Carey and Jenessa grew up in a different environment than all of these examples. They were kidnapped by their own mother and forced into living in the middle of a forest. This causes Carey to grow up much quicker than people in our society. Carey was thrown the responsibility to take care of Jenessa, her younger sister. Carey was more of a mother to Jenessa than her own mother was. Carey had to find food for them, protect them, and educate herself and her sister. This caused Carey to be independent and clever, she had to be. She had secrets that made her stronger. Jenessa, however, not ever living in normal society, was shy and dependent of her sister. She did not talk because of her upbringing. They were not properly socialized, in fact, Carey mentions that she had seen only 4 people (hikers or campers) in her decade of living in the forest. This video shows how environment influences child development and how it affects social interactions.