Crazy : The Struggles Mental Health Patients And Their Family Members Encounter

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The book Crazy, was an interesting, and informative non-fiction book, about the struggles mental health patients and their family members encounter. Pete Earley starts off the story talking about his son Mike, who started to act strangely in his senior year of high school. It turned out that he would be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and was prescribed medication. Mike thought he was fine, therefore would frequently stop taking his medications. When Mike was in the hospital, he refused treatment, and because he was not a danger to himself, a danger to others, or gravely disabled, the doctors could not force him into treatment. Because, Mike stops taking his medications, his symptoms got worse. Pete discusses a time that Mike was manic,…show more content…
From a nursing standpoint, the legal and psychological health care systems need to be fixed. These two systems need to come together, and brainstorm ways to make their resources more available to individuals with psychological issues. At the end of the story, Pete concluded with mental illness is a disease that his son Mike, has to endure for the rest of his life. This story is a controversial story that uncovers many issues that the health care and legal system have. Pete Earley’s includes the difficult stories that people with mental illness and/or their family members have. As well as, talks about the struggles he went through to get his son into treatment. Mike has bipolar disorder, and would refuse treatment, since he has the right to refuse treatment there was nothing the doctors could do to help Mike. It’s interesting, when Mike would refuse treatment, he was not in the right state of mind, however, there was nothing the health care providers could do. It is astonishing, that if Pete wanted to get Mike involuntary admitted he had to lie and tell the health care providers, that his son threatened to kill him, which is terrible. The health care field is all about being open, and being there for the patient, however, because of all the laws in place, it prevents patients from receiving vital care. Hence, Pete’s story positively impacts nurses to want to help make a change, stand up, and advocate for patients that need help. It is not fair, ethical, or moral

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