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    Bipolar Disorder and Hospitalization

    Medical Team Did you ever see the comedy-drama film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” with Jack Nicholson? Although he wasn’t bipolar, Nicholson starred as a controversial character with a highly rebellious nature. In this film he played a metaphorical rather than a realistic role. Nurse Ratched represented mental institutions, cold and unemotional functioningsolely to repress and control the patients. Mid-film however an interesting development occurred that had Nicholson dropping his jaw about the bipolar and schizophrenic patients: they were all voluntarily committed. Nicholson was the only involuntary patient on his floor and he was staggered by the idea that anyone would want to commit himself into a mental hospital.
    It’s a valid perspective for people who do not suffer from an illness such as bipolar disorder and its symptoms. Bipolar disorder is a very debilitating mental disease that afflicts nearly two million Americans. Signs of bipolar disorder include mania, depression, a mixed episode of the two, suicidal thoughts and tendencies, extreme hostility and outbursts of temper, prolonged bouts of crying, isolation, sexual promiscuity, irregular sleep habits and many, many more.
    When these symptoms are diagnosed most people begin a cycle of medication and therapy in order to gain control over their bipolar disorder. However some people suffering from bipolar disorder symptoms also need the assistance of inpatient, rather than outpatient therapy. Inpatient therapy involves voluntary or involuntary hospitalization. Outpatient therapy does not require the patient to remain in the hospital overnight.
    A bipolar disorder patient who is committed involuntarily such as Nicholson’s character Randle Patrick McMurphy, is incarcerated in a mental institution against his or her will. Contrary to popularly held belief, most people experiencing bipolar disorder symptoms are not involuntarily committed. This action is only taken in extreme cases when a patient suffering from bipolar disorder or another mental illness is a serious threat to him/herselfor others.
    A patient who commits him/herself voluntarily recognizes the need for ongoing, supervised care in order to control the symptoms of bipolar disorder. He or she makes the choice to reside at a mental hospital. However the concern with this type of prolonged care is that the patient may develop a false sense of security and become quite resistant to being discharged back into the “real world”. In that case, the bipolar patient needs to be forcibly removed from the facility so that adjusting to life outside an institution does not become too intimidating.