mentally unbalanced
   Perhaps from the insects figuratively buzzing round in the head:
    It's enough to make a man bughouse when he has to play a part from morning to night. (A. C. Doyle, 1917)
   The noun in America denotes an institution for the mentally ill:
    You're bigger bloody fools than anybody outside a bughouse. (Marsh, 1941)

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