ISBN: 0679423664
EAN13: 9780679423669
Language: English
Pages: 168
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 8.3" L x 5.6" W
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
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In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele--Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles--as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary.

Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a parallel universe set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

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   Some insights into "mental illness".
In 1967, the author wrote about her experiences with mental illness. While there are a few passages that give insight into the experience of being institutionalized in a psychiatric hospital in that era, the writing is disorganized and67531 and I finished reading out of habit rather than because my attention was captured. Freud will be discussed in 2021, an anachronism. Since DSM 5 is currently under review and the entire field of psychiatric diagnostic criteria is under scrutiny, I lost interest in DSM 3 criteria. Some historic interest, but not worth buying.
 
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   Colossal disappointment!
The book is overpriced. Don't pay for something. If you want to read it, go to the library. I can't understand all the 5 star reviews.
 
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   Young ladies, late 1960s, emotional overwhelm & BPD - a wild, insightful ride
The memoir sheds light on the realities that might overwhelm young ladies in our culture. I usually don't read books like that. My friend couldn't borrow from the library because of the Covid-19 shut- down. It was so interesting that I read it myself. Couldn't get it down. Sometimes the author was writing from inside of her past delusions. I wanted to give away 2 more copies. Highly recommendable.
 
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   Being Different
Is anyone aware of the difference between mental illness and being different? I learned from the book that some people are hospitalized because of it. They don't comply with what they' re supposed to do. Some of the people are showing overt teenage behavior. The doctors exaggerate and lie. Most people have personality quirks that other people don't like. It is easier to lock one up than to deal. With their ideas or differences.
 
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   Funny, heartwrenching, painful and true
Over the last few years, I have battled with depression and anxiety. I still have my occasional dark day, but it has gotten better. I was frustrated and annoyed by the huge differences between the two books. It rang true to me this time when I read it again in my thirties. Recovery is a constant process. Thank you for sharing your story.
 
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   Great Read.
This book was very enjoyable for me. I think it's great that it has an epilogue with Susanna explaining what happened after she left the hospital. I have seen the movie a few times, and it portrayed Susanna as being completely recovered, but also never having been sick in the first place. The book is wonderful, but the movie is great. It covers the film. Go for it. You will be surprised.
 
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