A physician has an unenviable position. He is closest to man approaching a god-like stature and when that god stumbles, the consequences can be disastrous. This is even more so in the field of psychiatry where the fact that mental illness exists is not disputed, but the diagnoses and treatment is often suspect. However, despite the demise of 'doctor knows best ', we still need to trust a psychiatrist since diagnosis is based on a patient 's expressed thoughts and overt behaviours rather than solely on biological phenomena. This requires not only that the patient trust the doctor, but even before that, the doctor appreciates and understands the context of those behaviours; behaviours that are influenced by the patient 's environment. In his essay, "Unreality Star", Andrew Marantz agrees that while all mental illnesses have rules, " clinically recognized delusions conform to a familiar set of themes, including persecution, grandiosity and erotomania", however, he emphasizes the context may vary, "form is fixed, content is not". The essayist stresses the importance of this content when he quotes Joel Gold, a former attending psychiatrist at Belleview Hospital, “All productions of the mind have meaning. To disregard any content, no matter how psychotic it is, seems to me to be a miscarriage of what the discipline was founded on". This content is based on the environment of the patient-an interplay of his social, cultural and technological experiences. The International
In novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey, a leader organizes a group of mental patients and rebels against the figurehead of the broken institutional system of the mental hospital. McMurphy pushes The institutions rules of order, bringing out the evil in the situation. Bromden, due to his bias narration, misconstrues Nurse Ratched as the antagonist where, in truth, she falsifies this by trying to maintain order and by ultimately seeking the best for her patients. Kesey chooses Bromden as the narrator, by doing this, he introduces an element of skepticism for the audience as Brombden opposes the institution.
The change in terminology symbolizes the idea that mental health does not imply that the individual is a lunatic. Rather, the term “hospital” shows a transition and acceptance of mental illness as a health problem. Individuals struggle with a variety of problems and the goal of the facility is not to confine or isolate these problems, but to help those in need of medical
The patient is a 18 year old female who presented to the ED with suicidal thoughts with a plan to cut her throat. The patient reports homicidal ideations towards her mother. The patient denies symptoms of psychosis. The patient reports depressive symptoms as: isolation, tearfulness, irritability, anhedonia, worthlessness, and insomnia. The patient reports recent stressors as family relationships, school, and her relationship with her current boyfriend.
Throughout recent years, mental illness has become a belittled and “taboo” topic in a multitude of different societies. As a result, a majority of the world’s population isn’t exactly clear as to how one should approach those suffering from mental instability. Unlike physical illness, where an entire system of doctors and hospitals and medical research developed in order to cater to those who were physically ill, mental illnesses do not get nearly as much attention. Some would argue that a physical illness proves to be significantly more detrimental to one’s day to day life. However, observation of mentally ill individuals proves that mental illness can be as equally debilitating (you probably know someone in your life who has died from the
In the book Girl, Interrupted, by Susanna Kaysen, one of the biggest focal points is mental illness. Mental illness can be tough to talk about, simply because the phrase “mental illness” encompasses such a wide range of conditions and conjures up images of deranged people, but it is very important, especially in this book. There is a certain stigma that people who are put into mental hospitals because they have medical problems or are insane and a possible danger to society. While this is sometimes true, it is far more common for patients to need help for a disorder, but just don’t know where to go or what to do, and can end up putting themselves or someone else in danger.
Paula is a 43-year-old HIV-positive Latina lady initially from Colombia. Aside from confronting the disgrace of her HIV status and a bipolar issue, she is a divorced person who loses custody of her child’s (Plummer, Makris, Brocksen, 2014). She is accordingly inclined to psychological and emotional distress (Plummer et al., 2014). The Physician who is treating Paula with her may physical ailment ended up baffled with her because she utilizing all-encompassing medication instead endorsed prescription (Plummer et al., 2014).
Edgar Allan Poe, a man who has changed literature through his numerous pieces of writing, such as The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Fall of the House of Usher. In Edgar Allan Poe’s famous work, The Raven, the main character is confronted with a raven. The character speaks to the raven, thinking it couldn’t respond, but the raven did respond, but only speaking one word, “Nevermore” (Poe 331). In some cases of mental illnesses, one can experience hallucinations, hearing voices, paranoia, and even persecutory delusion. Is it possible that the Raven could have symbolized something other than a bird.
The media often framed the use of ECT as part of a grand battle against mental illness, and in viewing treatment this way, side effects or dangers of treatment were seen as somewhat inevitable quote-unquote “casualties” of this fight (Hirshbein & Sarvananda 4). Further, evidence of ECT’s success represented a triumph of man and science over seemingly incurable disease, a feat so magnificent it made people more willing to dismiss potential consequences. From the point of view of practitioners, ECT benefited them significantly in multiple ways. First, their success and the idea that they were able to cure such a seemingly hopeless condition improved the reputation of psychiatry as whole. Its tendency to calm erratic patients also bettered the atmosphere of psychiatric hospitals, as the patients undergoing this treatment were often violent or dangers to themselves (Hirshbein 149).
In the book “One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest” Ken Kesey shows that the “insanity” of the patients is really just normal insecurities and their label as insane by society is immoral. This appears in the book concerning Billy Bibbits problem with his mom, Harding's problems with his wife, and that the patients are in the ward
The movie Shutter Island is overwhelmingly filled with themes of mental health. Before moving into the content of this paper I would like to disclose this movie contains a false and melodramatic portrayal of mental illness, this is not an accurate representation of the field. The movie begins with Federal Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner traveling to a secluded island containing a mental facility for the criminally insane. They are supposedly there to investigate a missing patient, however, throughout the movie we see clips with signs and symptoms that point to Teddy’s own diagnosis of a mental disorder. That maybe Teddy isn’t exactly on the island for an investigation but has his own hidden secrets to uncover.
DISCUSSION From the beginning, the therapist had to deal with own doubts and anxiety. The therapist had heard a lot about the psychodynamic psychotherapy but this was the first time he conduct the sessions by himself. Unlike pharmacotherapy, there is no standard clinical practice guideline or recommendation for the therapist to refer to or follow. The therapist was worried that he was unable to conduct the therapy effectively and his patient would not benefit from the therapy.
The movie “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest” gives an inside look into the life of a patient living in a mental institution; helping to give a new definition of mental illnesses. From a medical standpoint, determinants of mental illness are considered to be internal; physically and in the mind, while they are seen as external; in the environment or the person’s social situation, from a sociological perspective (Stockton, 2014). Additionally, the movie also explores the idea of power relations that exist between an authorized person (Nurse Ratched) and a patient and further looks into the punishment a deviant actor receives (ie. McMurphy contesting Nurse Ratched). One of the sociological themes that I have observed is conformity.
Psychiatrists are health specialists who study the human mind and the behaviors of people, both as normal beings and in situations where people express symptoms of mental problems. In as much as some scholars feel that employing a psychiatrist in a company that is not concerned with health issues is unnecessary, it is important that the place of a psychiatrist is sorted in making any form of company to gain more efficiency with their workers (Thoits, 2011). To understand the importance of a psychiatrist in any work organization, it is important to understand the work of a psychiatrist. Moreover, it is vital that people know how work organizations can benefit from the expertise of the psychiatrists (Rossler, 2012). Psychiatrists are always known to stay in the hospitals and help people with mental problems to regain their proper mental state.