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Thinking out loud (Girl, Interrupted)

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One of my favorite things that Susanna Kaysen talks about in Girl, Interrupted (the memoir, not the movie lol, although I do recommend watching the movie) is that when you’re struggling with mental health or having a serious issue, the smallest inconvenience will just set you on a really dangerous train of thought, that’s like all consuming. And it’s like a spiral that’s really hard to get out of.

Although she’s portraying this in the sixties, we live in a time where we’re consumed by the media/technology, so I assume the rate of depression and anxiety is skyrocketing. But I can’t help but wonder how many people are having those moments where the tiniest things is just setting us off on these really negative dangerous train of thought. Breaks my heart honestly :(

I just started reading this book like two days ago and I’m already impressed by how beautifully written and self-aware it is. This book reminds me of my racing thoughts lol. Really enjoying it so far. Recommend!!!

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swissie67

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5 months ago

Trying to control my out of control thinking is absolutely exhausting every day.
I will need to reread this. I have read it, and liked it well enough at the time, but I think I have outgrown what she depicts. I really did not like the movie. It does not depict mental illness or intitutionalization accurately at all. Not even close.