History And Treatment Behind Mental Institutionalization In Over Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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History and Treatment Behind Mental Institutionalization
Shonna Carlson
University of New Haven

Within American History, it is clear that people have made some mistakes. There are points within the U.S’s past that fill citizens with question as to what the reasoning behind certain events and standards were. However, that history should never be ignored our it will end up repeating itself. When looking back at the history of mental institutionalization, it is crucial for people to be honest about what a dark time this was in America’s history. Mental health is still a subject in which professionals and individuals are still learning about. What was lost during the darker times of history was the realization
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Seeing the affects of these treatments has shown people why it is necessary to stray away from such harsh methods of control. Over medication, shock treatment and lobotomies may be successful if the goal is control, however, today the goal is rehabilitation. It is impossible to rehabilitate someone who has lost their free will. One Flew Over Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest allows viewers to see just how extreme these methods can be. The film allows viewers to become attached to the characters so viewers feel the outrage when characters are mistreated. Over Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest actually sparked a great deal of change in the mental health community and the public 's opinion in general. Being able to see just how patients are treated showed the public that changes needed to be made. Mental institutions should not be used for control. They should be used for rehabilitation. The mental health system has been reformed a great deal and the focus is generally on what is best for the patient. However, sometimes it is necessary to take a deeper look and ensure that the system that is being used is what is best. It is because of that deeper look that people are no longer being treated like the characters in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s

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