Disorders In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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In the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a group of men living in a psychiatric ward are dealing with different types of disorders. The character that I chose to observe and analyze was Billy Bibbit. Billy is a young man who struggles to speak without stuttering and make his own decisions. He seeks approval from those around him and is always worried he will disappoint those around him. Although some people at this psychiatric ward are committed, Billy is a voluntary patient. This means that he can leave whenever he feels comfortable. Billy choses to stay because he not ready to make his own responsible decisions in life. I have diagnosed Billy with Dependent Personality Disorder. In the DSM-V, Dependent Personality Disorder is described…show more content…
Before Billy was placed in the ward he had a girlfriend. This was one of the few people in his life besides his mother. Billy looked for a relationship from this woman and wanted to marry her. His disorder makes him feel the need to have a close relationship with those around him and he usually picks one to strove on. In this instance, he chose his girlfriend at the time. Because of Dependent Personality Disorder, not only did Billy feel the need to have a relationship with someone but his relationship was ruined because of his fearful…show more content…
Billy Bibbit shows the symptoms of this disorder very clearly. He also shows the fear that resides from the needs he has. Billy’s fear was very apparent and it was easily manipulated as shown by Nurse Ratched. When the needs brought on by the disorder are not met it brings out an excessive fear of failure. The disorder can be easily taken advantage of, people surrounding those who have this disorder should be careful with how they act towards them. The movie shows that this fear can lead to a dangerous outcome if not handled
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