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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Not understanding the concept of death at an early age, Alaska Young did not call for help as her mother died in her arms, resulting in Alaska's psychological problems in the future. Alaska became self destructive. She had abused drugs and alcohol and participatedin reckless sexual relations. Alaska becameconsistently negative. "Negative thinking is an obstacle to self-change. All-or-nothing thinking is the most common type of negative thinking, and is the main cause of many problems including anxiety, depression, and addiction. There is a strong relationship between depression and high-risk behaviors,says Pamela Cantor, PhD, a psychologistand lecturer at Harvard Medical School. Alaska smoked cigarettes and was soon known asthe "supplier" within theprivate school. Alaska became promiscuous in order to illegally purchase alcohol. To feed her hungerfor approval and self-worth, Alaska participatedin frequent sexual activities with manymales at once. Excessive drinking, drug abuse, unsafe sex, and cutting are all self-injurious behaviors that individuals may use to provide temporary relief from intense emotional pain, Cantor says. She participated in activities that wereagainst school policy,risking the possibilityof being expelled. "[Alaska] smiled... 'Ya'll smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die'" (Green 44). "'Getting out isn't that easy,' [Alaska] said seriously, her eyes on mine like I knew the way out and wouldn't tell her" (Green 55). "'Thats the problem. Bolivar was talking about the pain, not about the living or dying. How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering" (Green 82)? The main character Miles remembers Alaska's answer to escape the suffering ''[s]traight and fast. Out of the Labyrinth."' I could see it... and that bitch, that bitch, she killed herself" (Green 156). Depression provokes self destructive behaviors Alaska Young is intoxicated and speeds into a cop car, her death is believed to be a suicided. Alaska became suicidal and constantly debated the proper way to"escape."
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