Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to diagnosing and treating various mental disorders, such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Although a well-known science, psychiatry and psychiatrists have often been ethically questioned on their “inhumane” methods, dating back to its origins in the 1700s. To the nurses, in varied psychiatric institutions, it was customary to employ the practices of confining, restraining and isolating people with mental problems. In “The Most Shocking Psychiatry Documentary Ever” (MSPDE) the barbaric practices that psychiatry has tried and developed over the years in blatantly revealed and validly proves the need for reconstructing assorted tactics used to cure mental patients around the world.
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In the “Up & Down: Bipolar Disorder Documentary” a group of diverse individuals from different age groups document their lives with Bipolar Disorder and discuss the effects of the disorder along with the different treatment methods that were tried. The main aspects of bipolar disorder are elevations in mood and depression, as expressed through many interviewed patients. The medications given assisted in keeping individuals stable but did not fully cure the disorder at hand; it alleviated the disorder for a period of time. The “Up & Down: Bipolar Disorder Documentary” exposed the public’s misconceptions about Bipolar Disorder, confusing them with miscellaneous disorders, such as schizophrenia. The validity of this video is more adherent, than the latter, due to the reason that it takes into account both the positives and negatives of the psychiatric treatments given. Whereas the “MSPDE” video focused on the negative aspects of psychiatry as a …show more content…
They both discuss psychiatric methods of diagnosis and treatment and the efficiency to the psychiatric practices. however the two videos approach the topic of psychiatry with their own styles and diction, making one more therapeutic than the other. “The Most Shocking Psychiatry Documentary Ever” creates a sense of tension and unease by bluntly disclosing the views that former psychiatrists had on the mentally ill and people in general and shows various treatments that were used to heal patients. Mental patients were caged, tranquilized, chained to walls and were treated with many medications that ultimately hindered brain function. Psychiatrists redefined man as an soul-less animal, and stated that man could be easily manipulated, just as a dog can be trained to salivate at the sound of a bell as seen through Pavlov’s experiments. Within “The Most Shocking Psychiatry Documentary Ever” was stated that, “ Psychiatry succeeded in only inflicting mental and physical torture and death. A legacy that has been carried over to modern psychiatry.” The “Up & Down: Bipolar Disorder Documentary” has a greater therapeutic value due to the fact that it speaks of success stories by diversified people and exposes the treatments undergone by each patient. It does not describe psychiatrists as trapping individuals in the system of mass drugging to solely bill them and
In today’s society, there has been a drastic change from what took place in healthcare in the late nineteenth century. Society has also learned from stories like Jane. Advances in psychiatric treatment have brought relief to many patients afflicted with illnesses similar to
Madness: A History, a film by the Films Media Group, is the final installment of a five part series, Kill or Cure: A History of Medical Treatment. It presents a history of the medical science community and it’s relationship with those who suffer from mental illness. The program uses original manuscripts, photos, testimonials, and video footage from medical archives, detailing the historical progression of doctors and scientists’ understanding and treatment of mental illness. The film compares and contrasts the techniques utilized today, with the methods of the past. The film offers an often grim and disturbing recounting of the road we’ve taken from madness to illness.
... Bipolar Support Alliance conducted a research study that indicated more than 2.5 million people suffer from Bipolar, also known as Manic Depression (Fawcett 3). The many faces of this illness is treated and stabilized with various types of medication and therapy. Furthermore, the family of the patient most likely will benefit from seeking therapy in their effort to help the patient with stabilization and living with this illness. All involved in the patient’s life is valuable in this process. Strategies for recovery include medication, visits with psychiatrists and other medical providers as needed, psychotherapy and support from family. These strategies can help people live with this illness affectively. No matter the type, Bipolar is a sickness and should be looked at and treated as such. People are much more than their illness and should be treated accordingly.
The severe mood fluctuations of bipolar or manic-depressive disorders have been around since the 16-century and affect little more than 2% of the population in both sexes, all races, and all parts of the world (Harmon 3). Researchers think that the cause is genetic, but it is still unknown. The one fact of which we are painfully aware of is that bipolar disorder severely undermines its victims ability to obtain and maintain social and occupational success. Because the symptoms of bipolar disorder are so debilitation, it is crucial that we search for possible treatments and cures.
In this paper the reader will be able to find a variety of different areas covered. A detailed summary of the movie 28 days directed by Betty Thomas in 2000 will start the paper. The diagnostic criteria of a psychiatric disease will be included along with rationales why the main character fits the diagnosis of disease. Included is the effectiveness or non-effectiveness of coping mechanisms. Pharmacological with classification and non-pharmacological treatments will be included in addition to discussion of ethical and legal issues. This paper will include whether it would be an acceptable fit for patients or families with the same diagnosis. Lastly, will be an overall conclusion of the information provided in the paper.
A steep rise in the past ten years is shown in the diagnoses and medicating childhood disorders and more specifically bipolar disorder. An initial dose is given to a child to stabilize a psychological disorder. I turn this one drug cause the need for more drugs due to side effects. New medications are then used in order to reduce new side effects. The problem is the use of numerous medications in childhood diagnosed bipolar disorder. Many issues arise due to a lack of research on childhood medication use by the FDA, difficulty in proper diagnoses of bipolar disorder, and over medicating children. The video, “The Medicated Child”, explains the many issues faced in proper diagnoses of childhood mental illness and proper treatment to include medications.
The film, Of Two Minds, is based on real life accounts of individuals living with bipolar disorder. Before watching this film, I had an idea of what bipolar disorder is , but after viewing this film I was completely mistaken. Previously, I thought being bipolar was going from a “normal” mood to an angry or sad mood in a matter of seconds and could be simply fixed by taking medicine. But my previous thoughts were completely wrong and bipolar disorder is very serious and complicated. I didn’t know the severity of this disease and I think a lot of the general public is uneducated about bipolar disorder as well as mental illness. Terri Cheney describes having bipolar disorder as, “Take the best day you ever had and multiply it by a million, it 's like a flu but one hundred times worse. It 's having flu in your mind."
This paper will discuss bipolar disease and is also called manic-depressive illness. It will discuss the causes and prevalence of bipolar disease. It will also discuss the signs of symptoms of the disease. The diagnosis and treatment of bipolar will be discussed. Several studies are included in this paper.
Given the descriptions of the mental illnesses in our textbook, lectures and various media outlets about the illnesses shown in the HBO movie “Back from Madness – The Struggle for Sanity” I was still surprised how illnesses really affect people (HBO, 1990). When reading textbooks, various media outlets and research papers it is extremely difficult to understand completely the severity of a mental illness. These sources are just descriptions of the illness it doesn’t give a personal account of what the patient is going threw. Taking in account the real affects of having a mental illness on the patient, their family and friends. I was surprised when viewing the documentary that a person with Bipolar I disorder (manic depression) acted the way Todd did. I am aware that Bipolar I disorder is known as someone who has a manic occurrence that results in a period of bizarre elevated mood and behavior that interrupts life. The person will most likely experience episodes of depression. The behavior that I saw from Todd in the movie was completely different than I imagined people who have Bipol...
Moral treatment is a treatment that uses “psychological methods” to treat mental diseases (Packet Two, 26). In general, moral treatment was a relatively benevolent and humane approach to treat mental disorders. Before the introduction of moral treatment, insane people were regarded by the general public as wild animals whose brains were physically impaired and usually incurable (Packet One, 11). Therefore, regardless of patients’ specific symptoms, physicians generally labeled patients as lunatics and treated them with the same method (Packet One, 11). Because of the perceived impossibility of curing mental illness, physicians put far greater emphasis on restraining patients’ potential danger behaviors than striving to bring them back to sanity. Cruel methods such as bloodletting were widely used, but their effectiveness was really poor. Moral treatment was a response to this ineffective and brutal traditional treatment. The advocates of moral treatment insisted that mental diseases were curable. By providing a friendly environment that contributed to reviving, moral treatment could help patients to...
Girl Interrupted is a film about a young woman, Susanna Kaysen, who voluntarily enters a psychiatric facility in Massachusetts. The purpose of this paper is to analyze a portrayal of psychiatric care in the 1960’s. The film is based on the memoirs of Susanna Kaysen and her experiences during an 18 month stay at a mental institution. During her visit, Susanna is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. The film depicts psychiatric care, diagnoses, and treatments from a different era.
Bipolar disorder is an overwhelming mental illness that can affect one’s life drastically. Bipolar is a disorder that is characterized by recurring episode of mania and depression. Most people who suffer from bipolar disorder are often misdiagnosed, and undergo ineffective treatments, which may hinder recovery and lead to the progression of the illness. In the movie “Mr. Jones”, (1993) the main character experiences broad symptoms of bipolar disorder that lead to an improper diagnosis. The article chosen to support this paper Emotional Reactivity in Bipolar Depressed Patients ( P. Stratta, D. Tempesta, R. L. Bonanni, S. de Cataldo, and A. Rossi Journal of Clinical Psychology 2014), broadly debates that bipolar disorder has
Doward, J. (2013), Medicine's big new battleground: does mental illness really exist? The Observer 12 May.
In this class I learned about a lot more of the background and complications in regard to psychiatry than I had known in the past. I already knew quite a bit about psychiatry from my psychology class a couple of semesters ago and I have always had an interest in psychology in the past and had done a lot of research about it, but had never really paid much attention to the history of it before. While I of course knew that it had a history, but had just never paid attention to it, I had never considered the philosophy of it. I had never even considered that there may be different viewpoints or that there may be differing ethical/moral concerns. It turns out that most of psychiatry is extremely controversial and very few agree on each individual viewpoint and no