The Movie ' Girl, Interrupted ' By Susanna Kaysen

981 WordsNov 23, 20154 Pages
The movie, “Girl, Interrupted” by Susanna Kaysen, offers an individual perspective on what it is like to live in a mental institution. As a troubled teenager, Susanna was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, in which she disagreed with. Susanna parents and a family friend recommended her to admit herself into a mental hospital named Claymoore because she had overdosed on aspirin and vodka. Within, the 18 months that Susanna stayed in the mental hospital she came across many individuals that she had a connection with and considered them to be her friends, particularly a girl named Lisa. Lisa had a very negative personality and can be manipulative. Once, Susanna began to make friends in the ward, she started to get comfortable, and accustomed to the lifestyle of the institution. Throughout, the movie individuals will have an outlook on how social control of deviance, medicalization of deviance, the idea of total institutions and demedicalization come into play in mental institutions. In the movie, “Girl Interrupted” the patients lifestyles would be consider as the idea of social contract. Social contract is when individuals give up personal freedoms and obey by the rules of conduct in order for them to live in a safe community and build great companionship. There are several forms of social control, such as formal and informal. Formal social controls include hospitalization in a rehabilitation facility or mental institution and exclusion from institutions. Informal
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