And I Don't Want to Live This Life Topics for Discussion

Deborah Spungen
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Discuss family. How did Nancy's behaviors throughout her childhood affect the family dynamic? How did Nancy treat her sister? Her brother? Why was there a difference in the way Nancy would treat her sister over her brother? How did Nancy's behavior affect her parents' marriage? Why? What could the parents have done differently to help their family? Did the parents do all they could for Nancy?

Discuss mental illness. What is schizophrenia? Why did the Spungen family have so much trouble finding help for their daughter? Was Nancy schizophrenic? Why was she never treated for this illness? How did this illness manifest itself in Nancy? Could there be other explanations for Nancy's difficult behavior? What were some of the explanations given to Nancy's family in her childhood? Could Nancy's behaviors be explained by her parents' treatment of her, as suggested by one psychiatrist?

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