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*Read Pdf ⚫ Girl, Interrupted õ In , 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 On 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 Documnet That Gives Lasting And Specific Dimension To Our Definitions Of Sane And Insane, Mental Illness And Recovery I told her once I wasn t good at anything She told me survival is a talent. Insanity For most of us the idea of being insane is scary The harder question is the why why is insanity so scary Is it so scary because we have all, at one time or another I believe , doubted our own sanity I know I have Or is it so scary because it is so impossible to define, to categorize in absolutes When is the threshold at its thinnest In the moments when my brain launches like a freight train into a station, yet in about a dozen different ways, at 4 o clock in the morning when I have been exhausted and unable to sleep all day In the inner conversations I have with myself, or other people, inside my own head that never see the light of day What does it really mean to be crazy In the quiet nectar of a cup of coffee in the morning when the fog is tumbling lazily over my brain making everything just a little less real feeling Is it true what they say the you question your own sanity the less likely you are, in fact, to be insane If so Susanna Kaysen is definitely NOT insane She questions everything and has probably one of the most introspective voices I have ever read Her thoughts, expressed superbly in Girl, Interrupted, are well thought out and certainly sane sounding Was I ever crazy Maybe Or maybe life is Crazy isn t being broken or swallowing a dark secret It s you or me amplified If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it If you ever wished you could be a child forever They were not perfect, but they were my friends. What is insanity Is it a true state of being or is it a mind s reaction to an unnatural state of existence Fore how natural is it really to exist in a world constantly defining you for you, where it is important to seem something than truly BE it Perhaps we will never really know, certainly even now, far removed from the dates Kaysen found herself at home in an institution there are far questions than answers Category A Memoir have you ever spent any time in a psychiatric hospital yeah, well, i don t recommend it i was a patient for a total of 2 and a half days, and it was one of the best and worst experiences of my life i liked this book because i was able to relate to some of her feelings when i went in, it was because i was on the verge of something, and thank god i caught myself in time my first morning there, i remember thinking, i have to get out of here, because i may not be crazy now, but these people will make me crazy i m so glad to have been proved wrong while this may sound terrible, i listened to the other people s problems, and realized that my mild depression or whatever it was was nothing in comparison to what these poor people were going through in their lives susana keysen may have had some problems, but overall, she was one of the sanest people there she was able to get to know some interesting people, and in seeing them, she could compare her own problems to theirs sorry to use my own story to describe someone else s book, but that s what made it such a good read for me a good book should have the ability to transfer you to that time or place, and my experiences made it so much easier for this book. Was insanity just a matter of dropping the actGood question, isn t it You may start asking yourself this after reading this book.I only spent a few months taking care of patients in psychiatric hospitals, but it made me really appreciate the nuances of Kaysen s story It is the viewpoint of someone who had to experience questioning her sanity the one thing most of us take for grantedEvery window in Alcatraz has a view of San FranciscoWhat some don t know about personality disorders is that they will not just go away You can learn how to cope with them, but you will not be cured The scary thing about them is that you can look at them as bits of your regular personality, just significantly amplified Some of borderline personality disorder symptoms include implusivity, uncertaintly about one s identity, rapid changes in interests and values, thinking in black or white terms, unstable or turbulent emotions, chaotic relationships, fear of being abandoned, and feelings of emptiness and boredom I am sure all of us have experienced some of these at one time or another The scary question then becomes what separates normal from crazy Where are we on that spectrum Is that what scares us about going crazy The same question seems to be troubling KaysenWas everybody seeing this stuff and acting as though they weren t Was insanity just a matter of dropping the actDoctors and nurses alike tend to be wary of patients with personality disorders, and borderline personality disorder in particular gets a bad rap It can be quite draining treating someone with BPD, that s true, but we don t always think about what the world must seem like through their eyes And that s where Girl, Interrupted brings this often overlooked perspective.This book does not have a defined plot or a linear narrative it is just a story of an unhappy young woman trying to find her place in a world that excludes her, and it is an enlightening and interesting read I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in medicine or psychology. 3 stars While I did enjoy this book, I don t feel I loved it as much as I expected to.CW borderline personality disorder, suicideI am not much of a non fiction reader, so the format and storytelling methods of memoirs and such are unfamiliar to me, and I typically do not enjoy them as much as fiction novels I did believe I would enjoy Girl, Interrupted than other non fiction works that I ve read because I am a big fan of the film adaptation I feel as if the book were to be chronological and follow a linear plot ARC as opposed to unanticipated time jumps, I would have enjoyed it as that as what I prefer to read I understand this fact is charming to many readers who love this book, but it s just not my cup of tea I also felt the chapters were too short and the novel as a whole I think I would have felt much from the stories and characters if I had time to learn their habits, their desires, and what makes them tick.On the positive side, I loved the subject matter of the story Borderline Personality Disorder is rarely discussed in media, so I feel the fact that Girl, Interrupted exists and has gained widespread attention is amazing There are many passages that I feel are thought provoking and insightful regarding what it is like, not only to live with an illness like BPD, but what it is like to have a mental illness in the 1960 s.Though I struggled with certain elements of the story and it left me a bit disappointed, I would still recommend it to anyone looking for non fiction books about psychology and specifically Borderline Personality Disorder.