She denies that it was a suicide attempt to a psychiatrist, who suggests she take time to regroup in McLean, a private mental hospital. Susanna is diagnosed with borderline personality disorderand her stay extends to 18 months  rather than the proposed couple of weeks. Susanna also introduces the reader to particular staff members, including Valerie, Dr.
Although she plans to stay only a few weeks, Kaysen remains at McLean for nearly two years. The doctor who forcefully advocates her committal to a mental hospital interviewed Kaysen for only twenty minutes. Kaysen tells the story of the people and experiences she encounters at McLean in a series of nonchronological vignettes.
Among the patients admitted to her ward, Kaysen describes Polly, a kind patient with disfiguring, self-inflicted burns to her face and body.
Lisa, another patient, entertains Kaysen with her escape attempts and exaggerated contempt for hospital authorities. The twin obsessions of roasted chicken and laxatives make a newly arrived patient named Daisy the object of much speculation.
Daisy ultimately leaves the hospital, only to commit suicide on her birthday.
He offers to take her away from the cold, prisonlike facility, but she rejects the offer, convinced that she should stay the course of her treatment. Kaysen discloses an unsuccessful suicide attempt involving an aspirin overdose in high school.
The staff confiscates any possessions that might inflict injury, even earrings and belts. Field trips outside the hospital walls are rare and require a complex system of patient-to-nurse accompaniment. Lisa Cody, a new patient, arrives and threatens the social position of a current resident, also named Lisa, who torments the new girl until she leaves McLean and falls into more desperate circumstances.
At this point, Kaysen considers the twenty-minute consultation that resulted in her hospitalization. Wick, an older psychiatrist, has trouble relating to the youth culture of her patients and becomes uncomfortable during any discussion of sex.
The girls uniformly detest Mrs. McWeeney, the evening nurse, who is decidedly old-fashioned in her dress, speech, and insistence on strict authority. The year is an exciting and frightening year, and Kaysen and the other girls watch its tumultuous events unfold on television.
Torrey, a methamphetamine addict from Mexico, arrives on the ward. The other girls fall into a depression.
Kaysen suffers an episode of depersonalization that leads her to attempt to tear open her hand to confirm that she has bones beneath the skin.
Kaysen becomes frantic when, upon waking from the general anesthesia, no one will tell her how long she was unconscious. A new patient named Alice Calais enters the ward, but a mental breakdown leads to her transfer to maximum security. The girls visit Alice, whose condition and living arrangements sicken them.
They vow never to let the same thing happen to them. Kaysen starts sessions with Melvin, a therapist with whom she begins an advanced form of analysis. Enthralled with the tunnels below the hospital, Kaysen struggles to convey their meaning to Melvin.
As Kaysen heals, she searches for a job outside the hospital, quickly becoming acquainted with the widespread prejudice that haunts former mental patients.
Kaysen resumes a relationship she began with a man she knew before entering the hospital and impulsively accepts his marriage proposal.Girl, Interrupted begins in April, , as year-old Susanna Kaysen is admitted to McLean Hospital after attempting suicide by overdosing on pills.
This is roughly the same time that she has a sexual relationship with her high school English teacher, and breaks up with her boyfriend.
Critical thinking is simply reasoning out whether a claim is true, partly true, sometimes true, or false.
Logic is applied by the critical thinker to understand character, motivation, point of view and expression. Girl, Interrupted is a best-selling  memoir by American author Susanna Kaysen, relating her experiences as a young woman in a psychiatric hospital in the s after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
Much like Plath, the author of Girl, Interrupted drew on her 18 months at McLean—where she was sent for depression—in the late ‘60s to write her most famous novel. 3. Anne Sexton. The Hollywood Reporter is your source for breaking news about Hollywood and entertainment, including movies, TV, reviews and industry blogs.
Girl, Interrupted * Dallas Roessner * John Carroll University From New Jersey Treated at McLean Hospital (Massachusetts) Follows her 18 month stay and periods of time before and after Psychopathology of Borderline Personality Disorder Increase understanding of symptoms and how they impact different aspects of life and develop coping.