Mental Illness / Disorders ( Ocd ) And Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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MENTAL ILLNESS/DISORDERS

A mental illness or disorder is a medical condition that can alter a person’s emotions, thoughts, mood, and actions, sometimes causing the person difficulty relating to others and daily functioning. (“Mental Health Conditions.”) It is a condition that keeps the person from coping with their everyday lives if it is not addressed and properly treated. Mental illness is a sickness of the mind that may involve a mental breakdown so serious that the patient must have special care or in some cases be admitted to a mental hospital. Mentally ill people are sick, just as people suffering from sore throats or heart disease are sick. Mental illnesses include depression, bipolar disease, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many soldiers returning from tours of duty in Vietnam, the Middle East or other war zones suffer from PTSD. One example from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one of Chief Bromden’s outbursts in Part IV, “AIR RAID! Hit at a lope, running already down the slope. Can’t get back, can’t go ahead, look down the barrel an’ you dead dead dead.” (Kesey, 241) People suffering from PTSD have experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event, such as war, a mugging, rape, a car wreck or a natural disaster. Most people with PTSD have nightmares or flashbacks in which they relive the experience that caused the illness. This disorder, like many others, can be successfully treated with the right…

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