TheMovie: Girl, Interrupted
TheMovie: Girl, Interrupted
Girl,Interrupted falls under the genre of psychological drama. Americanbased and produced in the year 1999, the film encompasses thewritings of Susanna Kaysen’s memoir published in 1993 with the samename. The movie revolves around an 18-year-old lady (Susanna) whoexperiences a bout of a nervous breakdown that compels her to take anoverdose of pills and alcohol. Apparently, the character is sufferingfrom depression and lack of motivation. As such, her actions aredeemed suicidal, and she is thus taken to a psychiatric hospitalwhere she meets with other patients and interacts with them duringher journey towards recovery.
Theprimary disorder that the character was diagnosed with is depressionas well as limited motivation. This can be seen by the way she takespills together with alcohol. Although she denies she had no illintentions by doings, it is evident that there is a possibility thatshe wanted to commit suicide. Depression has been defined as a commonyet serious mood disorder that can lead to severe symptoms whichtypically affects thoughts, daily activities, sleep patterns, eatinghabits and even working. Persistence of these signs and symptoms fora minimum of two weeks is indicative of the disorder.
Concerningwhether or not the diagnosis was justifiable, the story itselfindicates that finding is actually admissible. This is primarilybecause the tell-tale signs of depression were evident for instancelack of motivation and mood disturbances that persisted for quitesome time. However, the event that ultimately assures justificationof the diagnosis is the fact that Susanna got well after adhering tothe laid down therapies (Jones et al., 2012). As such, if she wasn’tsuffering from the mental disorder then there is no way her sanitywould be restored using interventions that are specifically allocatedto treating depression.
Thequestion as to whether or not the main character received appropriatecare is a tricky one, and this is due to two occurrences. First andforemost, Susanna, the patient is convinced to escape from thehospital by a friend (Lisa). The fact that she was convinced to breakout can be an indication that the care offered to them was notappropriate or sufficient. On the other hand, the treatment processsaw to it that she was eventually healed and released to normal life.This is a strong statement showing that there is procedures set thatpromotes the well-being of patients until they get well. Apparently,Susanna and Daisy are classic examples of those who were treated andreleased. A critical analysis tends to lean more towards the latterobservation hence the conclusion that the care administered wasrelevant and appropriate.
Thisfilm involves a series of events that shows the struggles of livingwith psychological disorders. However, at the end of the day, theaudience must always learn something that will benefit them.Personally, two things come out clearly that completely changed theperspectives about mental illnesses. The first is that mentaldisorders are not for the elderly alone. It can affect anyone, andthis is seen by the various age groups of people in the hospital. Thesecond is that despite being a condition that can lead to adversehealth conditions and even suicide (in the case of Daisy), properhandling of patients, therapy and appropriate interventions togetherwith personal dedication can prove to be significant efforts towardshealing (Jones et al., 2012).
Jones, A., Smith, J. & Ott, C. (2012). Girl, Interrupted: Two Perspectives. Mental Health Clinician, 235-235.