Girl Interrupted Essay

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Susanna Kaysen in Girl, Interrupted, John Nash in A Beautiful Mind, and my grandmother Ida Starobin, all suffer from a different form of a mental disorder. Susanna Kaysen, at the time, is an eighteen year old with borderline personality disorder who is sent to a mental hospital in the 1960’s. John Nash is a brilliant mathematician who suffered from delusions and schizophrenia. His failure to see the truth almost cost him his family along with his job. My grandmother never received any help or treatment in dealing with the trauma she experienced during the Holocaust. Most of her adult life she suffered from major depression and persistent depressive disorder. Although these individuals suffer from different disorders, each of them understands …show more content…
In Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen is sitting in the office of a new therapist that she has never seen before for what seems like only a few minutes. Before she can comprehend what is happening, she is whisked away in a taxi to McLean Hospital where she signs herself in. She will spend the next two years in McLean trying to overcome her disorder. She is diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and depression. Her symptoms can range from depersonalization, suicidal thoughts and an attempt, having problems with patterns, finding no meaning in the faces of people around her, and an overwhelming ambition to negate the world. When explaining her suicide to the therapist she says, “the fifty aspirin, they were metaphorical. I wanted to get rid of a certain aspect of my character. I was …show more content…
She was born in Poland, and when Hitler invaded the town she lived in, her family was torn apart. Her father and sister where sent to the work camps and she and her mother fled and went into hiding. They lived inside of an attic with twelve other people for almost two and half years. Once the war was over she moved to Israel, got married, and had two children. My mom remembers, that although my grandmother had a fun-loving personality, she would often time hide in her bedroom for hours. When my grandparents moved the family to the United States, Ida went into a major depressive state which would come and go fairly often. She never talked about what happened in that attic and did not receive any treatment until she developed an addiction to go along with her depression. Her symptoms included isolation, decreased appetite, lack of sleep, and trouble concentrating. After studying abnormal psychology, I believe she had dysthymia, which “is a chronic feeling of depression for at least two years” (Kearney & Trull, 2015, p.182). This diagnosis correlates with her symptoms. Once she developed an addiction to go along with her depression, the family decided to put her into a rehabilitation facility. I was too young to remember her going away, but I do remember her up and down moods and sometimes odd behavior. My mother said her motivation to get

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