One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Mental Illness Essay

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“One in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling, and mood” (NAMI). Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that affects how a person acts, feels, and thinks. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey writes about patients with mental illnesses. One of the characters, Chief, would be identified as a schizophrenic based on his actions and behaviors. In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, the author examines the causes of schizophrenia and the treatments for the mentally ill.
In the first article “Schizophrenia 2017” in the encyclopedia Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia it explains that schizophrenia is a long, complex mental illness. This illness is a serious mental disorder with numerous types of symptoms. Schizophrenia does not signify a split personality, the illness means “split mind.” A schizophrenic is unable to control his or her own mind. With some
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Eugen Bleuler was a swiss psychiatrist who named the disease. He wrote a paper in 1908, later on in 1911, he published a book portraying the disease in more detail. With him being head of a mental hospital containing about eight hundred patients he treated the worst and most chronic cases. He was very dedicated into a work therapy program he developed, he would visit and talk to the patients almost every day. “Bleuler’s discoveries challenged the traditional view of the causes and treatment of the disease. The traditional view, based on the work of the great German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin (1856–1926), held that dementia, as it was called, always got worse and that the patient’s mind continued to degenerate until death” (Piotrowski and Tischauser). Bleuler’s aspect gave patients assurance for more
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