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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
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Feb 05, 2008

really liked it

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.
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message 1: by Shi (new) - rated it 3 stars

Shi Hernandez I agree with you on she was one of the sanest people there.This book to was really god and I enjoyed it alot. Im sorry to hear about you exsperinces,but I am gald you over came them

Prettyreckless i was in leigh house psychatric hospital for 6 months with an eating disorder, i understand what you mean about comparing your situation to others around you and realising you are not too bad. Sorry to hear about that bad period in your life, well done on your recovery. As for the book, i have yet to read it but will definitely get round to it.

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Kathryn Grey I've heard from a therapist that people who go into psychiatric hospitals often come out crazier than before, just for the reason you described

Effy I honestly wish I could snap out of my depression just like that, after hearing other peoples situations but I cannot. I'm glad when others can but it doesn't change for me. Note I've never been in a psychiatric hospital but i've heard the stories. Reading the section on checks made me feel the grasp of time lost. How quickly time passes and how quickly depression takes 5 minutes to years away. I'm beating it, step by step.

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Kayla I have 3 times and each time i went in it was for long periods of time and i have BPD and it felt so good to watch something that you can relate to and that was acted out well.

Mikayla I feel like the only reason a lot of people consider her the most "sane" is because the story was told from her point of view. Let's face it, as someone who has also spent time in and out of psychiatric wards/hospitals, the entire time you're there you're trying to convince yourself that you're not crazy/not as crazy as the others. Susanna did just this when she wrote this book.

Rhonda Rae Baker I like hearing the real-life connections that people have with books. Thank you for sharing!

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Karen Great comments and review.

message 9: by Jaymee (new)

Jaymee I was in the local Psychiatric Ward for over three weeks when I was 18, and again when I was 19, for another week.
I have severe Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and as a result, I can go for years without stepping one foot outside of my house, or letting another human being (apart from my mother) see me. Currently, I have not left my home or seen anyone in person for almost three years. Back then, this condition led me to multiple suicide attempts.

Our psychiatric services are well below average, and the only help offered there is to keep the patients too doped up on pills and medications for them to cause any trouble.
It was not a pleasant experience at all, but I did meet and befriend three beautiful people in there.

message 10: by Karen (last edited May 03, 2012 07:28AM) (new) - added it

Karen Totally agree, I have had bipolar since a kid and was not recognized until my 40's. I even had a manic turned bad psychotic episode in early 30's and was put in hospital and I had been to D Rs for depression prior. I did not know what it was. Neither did the hospital. I was a christian so would not think "depression" though I had had manic happy and strong sad episodes, but thought it was just me. and My manic was toward God. I still struggle. had no insurance, no help. and now I finally have this terrible insurance with 400 deductible The DRs treat me as a low life drugging. and know not even what they are talking about since I read a lot and from sources like this one and DRS authoring- that have seen what is going on. God does use this condition a lot, but it is so hard.They just want me to be in a zone with drugs for sure and I do not cooperate well and they do not like it.So Threaten me. Here is my blog if anyone is interested : I am doing a series on my bipolar it is rather different then some out there because I am pretty original and posts are short. Just hit on depression, bipolar or bipolar blast to get to the posts on this subject. I do also post of other fun things I do. My blog is me and I do a lot of stuff I love also to take mind off sadness. I also have link at top to a very helpful blog of a friend with bipolar that is more focused on just that subject. I am praying for all on here. I want to read this and praying expessially for you Jaymee. I want to read on your illness since I have never heard of it. I do know I am extreme introverted sometimes and do not want to be around anyone -even family. Hard when family is different personalities and want someone and I want to be alone . May have nothing to do with what you have since I do not know anything about what you have. My heart goes out to you. Unusual since I really know most of a on this stuff. You have got me wanting to learn. I want to say something to lift you up, but at a loss for words to help.

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Karen You are all special and I know how it is. I think why I have it is to help others. I am praying for all of you.

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Aibon I was in them several times. Wished I could for 2 and a half days haha but unfortnately, no.

Emily Murton My mom has been to one numerous occasions, the one time I was there, I was stuck for 8 days

Lover of Libraries Wow I cannot believe you guys. Your stories are incredible yet so frustrating! I am currently studying a Bachelor or Psychology Honours within Australia and hope one day I can act as as a support for you guys! All the best xxx

message 15: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca Sophie make them teach you something other tgen cbt. Its no good for anything other then symptom management. And can be reslly bad for trauma. I have cptsd and bipolar.

message 16: by Ldizzle (new)

Ldizzle This book and similar books tend to romanticize mental illness and institutionalization; despite the horrors presented the narrator is delightfully eloquent and in the movie she is played by none other than Angelina Jolie.
For heaven's sake. The reality of mental illness is that it's bleak and seems unending. The light at the end of the tunnel seeming much further away than the open door at the end of a locked unit.
For anyone who has been in a ward; especially for those who were "put away" for weeks or months at a time, I feel for you. I wish you the internal peace and lightness to never have to return.

Molly Fabulous I thought the opposite - I thought it was incredibly unrealistic and being in one yourself, you should notice that. :)

Carson Spent 3 stays for depression, each 5-7 days. I understand the bittersweet feeling.

Carson And the other people there were showing me scars that sent them to the hospital like it was their first win in life and the addicts would say where you could get a specific drug once you got out. No one asked! And this girl who was so poisonous said to a girl with an eating disorder ,who had lost all the fatty tissue on her feet previously, that she didn't look like she had an eating disorder. And they were telling me their Facebook and cell numbers. Thank god I don't do Facebook and I had no cell, not that I would contact them anyway.

Justin Goldberg I disagree i felt a conpletely different experience in the paychiatric hospital which i was in for 17 days. Every body was very cold and dismal and stolid. I wanted to leave there as sooon as i could i suffer from boredline personality disorder. In sept 27 it will be 2 years since i was hospitalized.

Molly Fabulous I was in one for almost 7 months and it is nothing they describe, in fact this book makes me angry because it makes out like the hospital is fun where everyone makes friends and has a sing song but it's NOT like that

Molly Fabulous I was in one for almost 7 months and it is nothing they describe, in fact this book makes me angry because it makes out like the hospital is fun where everyone makes friends and has a sing song but it's NOT like that

Mohammedsaeeddowelbite Dowelbite Good feeling to know about pepole suffer of nervies or worries
I love the story

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