Antisocial Behavior In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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Antisocial Behavior in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

I. Diagnosis of Randal McMurpy.

A. Character assessment of Randal McMurpy played by Jack Nicholson in the movie.

B. Description of Antisocial behavior.

II. How it affects those around them

III. What is the treatment (if any) is there for this disease.

A. Is it treatable?

B. What medications are prescribed, if any?

C. What kind of aftercare treatment is available?


Treatment

The main character, Randle Patrick McMurphy, is brought to a state mental institution from a state prison to be studied to see if he has a mental illness. McMurphy has a history of serving time in prison for assault, and seems to take no responsibility for his actions. McMurphy is very outgoing, loud, rugged, a leader, and a rebel. McMurphy also seems to get pleasure out of fighting the system. McMurphy relishes in challenging the authority of Nurse Ratchett who seems to have a strong hold over the other patients in the ward. He enters into a power struggle with Nurse Ratchett when he finds out that he cannot leave the hospital until the staff, which primarily means her, considers him cured.
As he tries to conform to the ways of the hospital, he actually becomes more like the patients that he detests. In one last attempt to escape from the hospital, McMurphy uses his cunning wit and skills as a con man to persuade the orderly into opening a window to allow two women into the ward. As the nigh progresses and he has the perfect opportunity to flee he realizes the hospital is the only safe place to stay. Due to Randal McMurphy rebellious ways and non-conformist ideas, the hospital performs a lobotomy, which during the time of this movie, was one of the only treatments known to suppress antisocial personality behavior.

Antisocial personality behavior in a person is described as "someone who has little disregard for and violation of the rights of others and is indicated by three or more of the following:
· Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behavior as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest.
· Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of alias, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure.
· Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead.
· Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults.
· Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations.
· Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another."

It is hard to first distinguish someone with this disorder because most of them are very friendly, outgoing, and have very likable personalities. Since they often feel no guilt or remorse...

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