Kaysen's memoir was originally published in , but it portrays events from to She signed herself into McLean Hospital at the age of 18, and stayed for nearly two years. Over 20 years after, she hired a lawyer to get access to the medical records giving her diagnosis, and some of these are published in the book. She questions whether she received appropriate treatment, but her answer to her own question is not clear--she certainly does not come out swinging the battle-ax of antipsychiatry.
Psychological Analysis Of The Movie Girl, Interrupted
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The author and narrator. A doctor diagnoses Kaysen with borderline personality disorder in , when she is The previous year, Kaysen attempted suicide by swallowing fifty aspirin. She voluntarily commits herself to McLean Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Belmont, Massachusetts. Over the next two years, Kaysen confronts her illness, experiences profound unhappiness, as well as the treachery and kindness of peers and authority figures, and finally meets the future that awaits her outside the confining but protective walls of the ward.
Incidentally the main character, played by Winona Ryder, is named Susanna. She is eighteen years old and begins the movie by reflecting back on the events leading up to her visit to the psychologist. She has just graduated from high school and other than being an aspiring writer, has no plans for her life. In addition she has flashbacks of her attempted suicide, though she denies taking a bottle of aspirin with vodka. People with borderline personality disorder externally scatter and internally contradict their concept of themselves.
Girl, Interrupted is a best-selling  memoir by American author Susanna Kaysen , relating her experiences as a young woman in an American psychiatric hospital in the s after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. In , the memoir was adapted into a film of the same name starring Winona Ryder , Angelina Jolie and Brittany Murphy. It was directed by James Mangold. In April , year-old Susanna Kaysen is admitted to McLean Hospital , in Belmont, Massachusetts , after attempting suicide by overdosing on pills. She denies that it was a suicide attempt to a psychiatrist, who suggests she take time to regroup in McLean, a private mental hospital.