Ellen West

Ellen West was a troubled patient of Dr. Ludwig Binswanger who suffered from anorexia nervosa and possibly other mental illness. She became a famous example of existential analysis who committed suicide at age 33 by poisoning.

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Ellen West - Poetry
... Ellen West's life influenced poet Frank Bidart to write the following poem entitled Ellen West ... Now, at the beginning of Ellen’s thirty-second year, her physical condition had deteriorated still further ... acting choosing rejecting have I made myself— discovered who and what Ellen can be.. ...

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    You in the West have a problem. You are unsure when you are being lied to, when you are being tricked. We do not suffer from this; and unlike you, we have acquired the skill of reading between the lines.
    Zdenek Urbának (b. 1917)

    I know that each stage is not going to last forever. I used to think that when he was little. Whenever he was in a bad stage I thought that he was going to be like that for the rest of his life and that I’d better do something to shape him up. When he was in a good state, I thought he was going to be a perfect child and I would never have to worry; he was always going to stay that way.
    —Anonymous Parent of An Eight-Year-Old. As quoted in Between Generations by Ellen Galinsky, ch. 4 (1981)