The major theme of When The Shadows Began To Dance by Yamaya Cruz involves how a teenage lady can internalize coping mechanisms to deal with a seemingly hopeless situation.
The story commences with arguments in a household partially disheveled. Both parents seem to be in a painful relationship evidenced by mom's chain-smoking. Nelly is a teen being cared for by a local mental health clinic.
The symptoms are more complex than simply behavioral issues, although schizophrenia is the differential diagnosis. Cognitive therapy sessions are offered for treatment along with antipsychotic medication.
The presentation does not say so; however, schizophrenia patients may be helped by nutritive counseling which is aimed at detecting the following: 1)
o Blood sugar problems made worse by excess stimulant and excessive pharma use
o Essential fat imbalances
o Too many oxidants and not enough antioxidants like Vitamins A,C,E and Selenium
o Niacin (Vitamin B3) therapy
o Methylation problems helped by B12 and folic acid
o Pyroluria and the need for zinc
o Food allergies
Intuitively, Nelly has a dismissive view toward the medications which could be helpful but potentially valueless in her case. The proviso is that Nelly needs to consult with a nutritionist who may be able to balance the brain chemistry with naturally based vitamins, herbs and high quality food.
The largest ongoing puzzle is how junk food establishments are readily available in many poorer neighborhoods. Yet, there is a visible scarcity of fruit and vegetable stores where real food can be consumed. Interesting, this dynamic could be at the heart of Nelly's craving for a state of well being.
Throughout the presentation, readers get the impression that Nelly has a good bit of common sense in striving to uplift herself from a seemingly hopeless predicament.
Later, Nelly would internalize the words of Orunmila. "Now it's time for you to learn the secrets of your past, and the key to survival. It's time for everyone to look inside themselves and master the forces of the Universe. "
In my own experience, this is good advice. Herein are the secrets which Nelly can and does put to good use.
The presentation is interspersed with the violent acts of some gang members. One such scene involves Chobo, Nico, Cabron, FB and Diablo involved in harassing a young woman. The words are "Negrita, usted es una chica mala" which means loosely "Black woman you are one bad lady or chick ".
The presentation concludes with the words "Nelly? Are you still with us?" A distant voice cries out. "No, I was gone."
Overall, the presentation provides ample examples of coping strategies under very difficult circumstances.
References: 1. Brain Bio Center
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