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Psychiatry - Of Mice and Men WebQuest
Transcript of Psychiatry - Of Mice and Men WebQuest
Of Mice and Men
What is a mental disability and how does it affect a person's everyday life?
A mental disability is a condition that interferes with a person’s ability to function and/or learn in a normal environment. These diseases can range from mild to severe. For example, some mental disabilities interfere with one’s reading level and some prevent one from being independent altogether. Sometimes people with disabilities can not complete simple tasks on their own and need help from other members of society.
What are some difficulties in caring for a mentally disabled person?
Most of the difficulties fall into one or more of the following categories:
Health & Physical
Some of the difficulties in caring for a mentally disabled person include always having to be responsible for that person, helping that person preform tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating everyday. Caring for a mentally disabled person has social challenges as well. The caregiver might need to give up his/her social life in order to care for the disabled. Also, the caregiver would have to be the disabled’s shoulder to cry on when he is teased, gawked at, or even threatened by others. The care giver also sacrifices their own physical health for the person. Lastly, there are any financial burdens that come into play when caring for someone else.
What kinds of support are available for caregivers?
There is support available for the caregivers of the mentally disabled. For example, the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) is a federally funded program that helps states provide useful services that assist family caregivers. These may include information about available services, individual counseling/organization of support groups, help accessing support services, respite care, caregiver training, and limited supplemental services to complement care provided the care provided by caregivers. Some community caregiver services may include adult day care, home care, meals, transportation, cleaning/yard work services, senior centers, home modification, hospice care, support groups, and legal/financial counseling.
What is the role of friendship in caring for the mentally disabled?
important when caring for someone who is mentally disabled. Friendship helps the disabled person grow a sense of trust and confidence in the care giver. Often times people will not take the time to be social with someone who is disabled, so when someone does, it makes the person feel very special. Through friendship they are able to enjoy new experiences.
Collage of Literature and Films About The Mentally Disabled
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). An acclaimed film about former editor of Elle magazine, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who wrote his autobiography after paralysis left him only able to blink his eyes. Starring Mathieu Amalric.
Forrest Gump (1994). Whatever its deficits, this story of a man with a low IQ also smashes all the moulds. Starring Tom Hanks and Sally Field.
Rain Man (1988). Dustin Hoffman as an autistic savant', emotionally blunted but with extraordinary memory skills, foregrounds the person who is 'differently abled',.
A Beautiful Mind (2001). John Nash conquers paranoid schizophrenia to become a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician. Starring Russell Crowe.
My Left Foot (1989). Cerebral palsy was no obstacle to Christy Brown, whose spirit earned him many friends and a reputation as a poet. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
Children of a Lesser God (1986).The fraught relationship between a deaf and mute woman and the teacher who encourages her to speak. Starring William Hurt and Marlee Matlin.
The Elephant Man (1980). The story of the agonies suffered by John Merrick as a result of gross disfigurement in Victorian England offers another take on disability and breaks the conventional mould. Starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins.
Coming Home (1978). The trauma of war and its impact on those around its victims is powerfully portrayed by Jon Voigt and Jane
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). A searing indictment of the treatment of the mentally ill in the 1950s, and of a patient who resists it. Starring Jack Nicholson.
Reach for the Sky (1956). The story of double amputee and World War II flying ace, Douglas Bader. Starring Kenneth More.
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