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  1. Introduction
  2. Early life
  3. Later life
  4. Family
  5. Drugs
  6. Signs
  7. Analysis
  8. Conclusion

On January 8, 1935 Elvis Aaron Presley was brought into the world in East Tupelo, Mississippi (Hansell & Damour, 2009). Elvis' had a twin brother that was born a half of an hour before he was but sadly he died during birth. His father was incarcerated for the period of three years when Elvis was four years of age. This created a long distant relationship that he held with his father when he was very young. The relationship that was held with his mother was very close though. The mother was believed to hold an almost obsessive type of protection over her son, which was most likely because of the premature death of her other son. The recollection of the ones that knew her best recall her as being extremely stressed, nervous, and anxious following the delivery of Elvis. She was also said to be self medicating because of her ?bad nerves? and to aid sleep (Hansell & Damour, 2009).

Outside these tribulations and also coming up finically underprivileged, Elvis had an extremely joyful childhood straight into his adult years. The major troubles within his life began at the establishment of his singing career and as he was drafted into the armed forces.

With this case there is a great possibly for his tendency towards polysubstance dependence and addiction steaming from his family history. His mother was altered following the death of the one twin at birth. The extreme protectiveness of her living son, Elvis, was described as being obsessive in nature by those that knew her best. His mother became reliant on pharmaceutical medications and started consuming alcohol on a frequent basis. She was demonstrating many clear symptoms and signals of depression and anxiety. These same symptoms and signals would also be evident within Elvis's later life. One more variable to take into account is the biological component. His father also demonstrated antisocial patterns and very possibly abused alcohol (Hansell & Damour, 2009).

[...] At this point and with the new wonder in his life Elvis was inspired enough make a hit record that was very much a success. He was however an emotionally exhausted individual that created life choices which had become caustic (Hansell & Damour, 2009). His choices of partying throughout the night started a deep spiral of depression. He set in motion many affairs within his marriage and also held an extremely high fat diet that directly aid in his physical decline. [...]


[...] When looking at a person and their behavior this case study easily shows that one never really knows what a person will do but being able to see the early warning sign does give one a better idea of what is likely to happen. Even if someone has all the money and fame that they could dream of they may not be satisfied on a mental level and having all that at one's disposable can possibly lead to a harder and faster downfall. References Damour, L. & Hansell, J. (2009). Abnormal psychology (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. [...]

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