When many public psychiatric hospitals were closed in the period from the s to s, savings were not sufficiently reinvested into community mental health facilities. Today there are about twice as many mentally ill people in prisons and jails than in inpatient mental health facilities.
This article contains images depicting fictional ECT and actual lobotomies, which some people may find distressing. The film had a profound and that is an appropriate word impact on me because of the shocking treatment depicted during the Oregon mental institute.
Oregon mental institute where the film was based The film is an adaption of the book of the same name by Ken Kesey but apparently only loosly based on the book — Kesey apparently never watched it and hated it.
The film is based around the character McMurphy Jack Nicolsonwho initially believes that life in a mental institute will be a lot easier than the prison sentence is serving, so fakes mental illness. He soon realises, however, that life in a mental institute is not as easy as he first thought, especially when he learns that his stay in hospital may be even longer than his prison sentence.
For me, this film has many similarities to the Rosenhan experimentas the Rosenham experiment shows how difficult it would be to leave an institution if you lied your way in.
The experiment used pseudo patients in an attempt to gain admission to psychiatric hospitals. They called for an appointment and feigned auditory hallucinations. Once these sane people were admitted the majority were diagnosed with schizophrenia. They were not allowed to leave, for an average of 19 days, even though they were not suffering from a mental illness at all.
Whether McMurphy faked mental illness or actually was suffering from some condition is open to interpretation. But if he did fake it he greatly underestimated his ability to leave the institution.
As McMurphy challenges Nurse Ratched and rallies the other patients to defy her events in the film begin to escalate.
A particularly horrible scene for me is when Electroconvulsive Therapy ECT is used as a punishment for McMurphy and two other patients, Cheswick and Chief, after a fight with the staff.
This film really made me question how awful mental health care was and understand how much it has improved. After watching the film, I researched the Oregon mental institute, where the film is based, and found out that patients were forced to work hour days to cover the costs of the hospital.
Lobotomies were common practice and resulted in the patient becoming calm and compliant, but essentially losing their personality. This procedure severed connections between the frontal lobes and the rest of the brain. It was mainly used to treat depression and schizophrenia, but was also used to control difficult, moody patients.
William Carney wrote about his experience of staying in nine different psychiatric hospitals for 40 months. He found there were inhumane conditions such as overcrowding, forced work and regular ECT.
He was given powerful doses of antipsychotic drugs to treat schizophrenia, which made him feel like a zombie. Nowadays he mentions how treatment has improved as it uses a more holistic approach with less toxic medication and a greater emphasis on being integrated back into the community.
And writing this article definitely inspired me to research what life was like in a mental institute in the past. I would highly recommend watching the film, not only from a psychological perspective, but also just for good dramatic entertainment.The California Sexually Violent Predator Statute: History, Description & Areas for Improvement begins with a history of sexual offender civil commitment in the United States and in California, so that readers can understand the socio-political context that.
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