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Staff[ edit ] Valerie The head nurse on the ward. During her stay in the medium-security ward Kaysen meets and befriends several other young women who are also patients. While I was in the hospital I saw a situation escalate from a frustrated woman throwing a cup of cold tea on the floor to that same woman being pinned down by guards and injected with a tranquilizer. Although the patients don't like her, they recognize that she needs to earn a living and that she has to work somewhere for that to happen. I started to laugh, thinking of the typists jammed into the bathroom, smoking. I tried breaking my days and nights down into hour-long increments, then into quarter hours. When was that exactly?

Why in the world were you in there? She is also completely unaware that her last name is a well-known location in France and is overwhelmed in awe when she hears of the Hundred Years' War.

Characters[ edit ] There are two main groups of characters, the patients and the staff. She is usually happy enough to be back though she does put up a fight when restrained.

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Wade Wade, Georgina's boyfriend, is also a patient. At the top of the stairs Lisa turned around toward me again. She is described as down to earth and rarely uses the psychiatric terms used by the therapists, which is something that Susanna herself despises. Although the patients don't like her, they recognize that she needs to earn a living and that she has to work somewhere for that to happen. She is also completely unaware that her last name is a well-known location in France and is overwhelmed in awe when she hears of the Hundred Years' War. She works there during the day and though she can be strict she is generally liked by the patients and Kaysen in particular. This event shocks her into reality and she realises that she truly does want to heal. I had a lot of time to read on the ward. McWeeney, the evening nurse, who is decidedly old-fashioned in her dress, speech, and insistence on strict authority. A few minutes later I got out of bed, shoved a few things into my backpack, stumbled down to the street and took a cab to the hospital. But, her smile hinted, she'd burned all that out of her. It was magnificent. In the final chapter, Kaysen reveals the origin of the title of the book, Girl, Interrupted.

They must have meant what they said. Lisa Cody, a new patient, arrives and threatens the social position of a current resident, also named Lisa, who torments the new girl until she leaves McLean and falls into more desperate circumstances.

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The more I thought about it the more absurd it became. Lisa always knew what she needed. Dissecting the medical definition of the disorder, Kaysen notes that it is much more commonly diagnosed in women than in men.

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Reading ‘Girl, Interrupted’ in the Psych Ward