Girl Interrupted Summary Sparknotes

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Girl, Interrupted is a 1999 film starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie about a women’s 18-month stay in a mental institution. The film takes place in the late 1960’s and focuses around a main character by the name of Susanna Kaysen. The following summary was written with help from the American Mental Health Foundation website (2013) and Wikipedia (n.d.). In the beginning of the film we learn that Susanna Kaysen had attempted suicide by overdosing, having taken an entire bottle of aspirin followed by a bottle of vodka. Susanna is checked into Claymore, a psychiatric hospital near where she lives. Once admitted, Susanna quickly befriends fellow patients Polly, Georgina, Daisy, Janet, and Cynthia. She is the most captivated by Lisa Rowe, …show more content…
While she states that she took the pills only because she “had a headache,” through flashbacks we learn that she had been having recurrent suicidal thoughts for a while. In the very first scene we see shots of her wrists, which are all bruised all over. She tells the doctors in the scene, and then another doctor in a different one, that all the bones in her hand were gone. While it never says specifically in the movie what happened to her wrist, we can assume that it was some type of self-harm. “Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)” is one criteria that Susanna …show more content…
Such acts include unsafe sex, occurring when Tony came to visit her in the ward and in earlier flashbacks, breaking out of Claymore with Lisa, and going into her doctor’s office after hours to look at her file. A fifth criteria met by Susanna includes “Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days (American Psychiatric Association, 2013)). Susanna is very irritable when dealing with her therapists. She acts cold and nasty towards all three doctors she meets with in the movie. We also see her having episodes of anxiety. These occur when Lisa is being verbally abusive to the other patients and when the other patients have breakdowns during the night. There are five criteria of borderline personality disorder that Susann Kayson meets. With these symptoms and other observed throughout the movie, I have reason to agree with the diagnosis given to

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