Interview SummaryThis interview with Lovett focuses on his time at Lee Edwards High School in Asheville. While continuing to undergo psychotherapy at Highlands Hospital with Dr. Polansky, Lovett began his sophomore year in high school. Lovett describes his struggles with expressing his emotions and compulsive behavior. Lovett also mentions that his grandmother had told him about some of his relatives' struggles with alcoholism. Lovett believes that he has an addictive personality in part because of a genetic predisposition to addiction. Lovett describes what it was like to start a new school in an unfamiliar environment while trying to cope with his mental illness. Lovett struggled with perfectionism and put pressure on himself to get good grades. Through a combination of school and psychotherapy, Lovett began to cope better with his mental illness. Lovett discusses how he was supported by family and friends back in his hometown of Williamsburg, Kentucky. Lovett talks of preparing to leave Highland Hospital after fifteen months. Lovett concludes the interview with a reflection on his interest in Billy Graham and his love of baseball.
Interview LC SubjectMental illness Mental health Mental illness--Treatment Highland Hospital (Asheville, N.C.) Asheville (N.C.) Schizophrenia Schizoaffective disorders Education High schools Williamsburg (Ky.) Teenagers Adolescence Patients Psychotherapy Coping Compulsive behavior Hallucinations Auditory hallucinations Emotions Recreation Friendships Interpersonal relations
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Lovett, Troy Interview by Douglas A. Boyd. 25 Mar. 2022. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Lovett, T. (2022, March 25). Interview by D. A. Boyd. Troy Lovett Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Lovett, Troy, interview by Douglas A. Boyd. March 25, 2022, Troy Lovett Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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