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Ken Kesey • Born in CO (1935) • Died in OR (2001) “I was too young to be a beatnik, and too old to be a hippie”
Experimentation with Drugs • Part of CIA experiment with psychoactive drugs • LSC, cocaine, mescaline • Kept using them after the experiment!
Why Cuckoo’s Nest? • Worked at a State Veterans’ Hospital • Talked with patients (while on hallucinogenic drugs) • Felt SOCIETY had pushed them out since they were “different” not that they were INSANE
Mental Institutions / Hospitals • Wide variety of institutions • In- or out-patient facilities • Variety of disorders • Voluntary or involuntary basis
Evolution of Care • Containment and restraint • Treatment with drugs / therapy • To allow them to live lives outside an institution
Titicut Follies • Only film banned NOT due to sexuality, language, or drug use.
Types of Treatment Lobotomy Electroshock Treatment
Types of Facilities • Crisis Stabilization • Suicidal, violent patients • Open Units • Try to make life as normal as possible • Medium Term • Few weeks
Types (cont.) • Juvenile Wards • Halfway Houses • Type where my sister works
Mental Illness Today • Medications has come a long way. • Mentally ill is NOT mentally handicapped. • Mentally ill are in society and around us!