Annotated Bibliography

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Rachel Conway
5th hour
November 30, 2010

Annotated Bibliography

Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

The novel takes place at an insane asylum in the 60s. It’s written in the perspective of a man named Chief who suffers with paranoia. Many patients are given shock treatments in order to “fix” their disorders. The head nurse is mean and has two workers who bully the patients and give them shots to make them sleep whenever they get out of hand. The novel provides a great background on how people end up with mental disorders and how they were treated in the past.

Vizzini, Ned. It’s Kind of a Funny Story.

The book is about a 15 year old boy named Craig who admits himself into an adult psychiatric hospital for depression. His depression began when he started going to a very prestigious high school. He takes the pill Zoloft and sees a therapist. This story showed some common mental disorders that people are facing in the present day like schizophrenia, depression, and OCD. The hospital in the book used therapy and safe medication to treat the patients.

Nichols, Mike. "A National Shame: The Mentally Ill Homeless." Anxiety, Panic & Health; Living with health, wellness, and wholeness.15 Oct. 2008. Web. 30 Nov. 2010. 15/a-national-shame-the-mentally-ill-homeless/>.

This article discusses the increasing amount of homeless people and how many have untreated mental disorders. Some of the homeless have are suffering with depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Most end up with these disorders because of hardships and constant struggle on the streets. The article says the homeless need help getting food and shelter but also proper medical treatment. This issue probably wouldn’t be discussed forty or more years ago and helps me understand how the treatment for the mentally ill has evolved.

Gray, Diane. “Mental Illness and the Early Insane Asylums – A Shameful Past.” Ezine Articles. Web. 30 Nov. 2010. .

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