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Chrissy Castellano Psych 105 – Section 1 September 8 th , 2008 Movie Analysis Paper Girl, Interrupted or Psychology, Misunderstood? The film Girl, Interrupted , starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie-Pitt, puts to film the story of young Susanna Kaysen (Winona Ryder) and her stint at a mental health facility in Massachusetts, (imdb.com). Another key player in the movie is Valerie “Val” Owens, a sharp tongued, no-nonsense nurse, played by Whoopie Goldberg. Girl, Interrupted represents the women’s ward in Claymoore Mental Health facility (a fictionalized representation of the McLean Hospital that Kaysen was actually admitted to), (randomhouse.com). Each of the patients on the floor has a different disorder and the variety is widespread. It would seem that all of the categories in the DSM are on display —from anorexia and bulimia, schizophrenia, pathological lying, to borderline-personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder. There are also two psychologists that the (female) residents see on a fairly regular basis. They are Dr. Melvin and Dr. Wick. Both of these doctors perpetuate the ever-present misconceptions and myths about psychology as a science and its practice. As the movie progresses, one sees patients get better (release), worse (including death) and remain unchanged. Since the movie is central around Susanna Kaysen, she is obviously released after 18 months in Claymoore, seemingly recovered. She claims her recovery is due in part to daily entries in a diary she kept for the majority of her stay in the institution.
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