Girl, Interrupted

by

Susanna Kaysen

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a text used by mental health professionals to outline, classify, and diagnose the full range of disorders of the human brain and psyche.
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DSM Term Timeline in Girl, Interrupted

The timeline below shows where the term DSM appears in Girl, Interrupted. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 31: Borderline Personality Disorder
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...include neurosis, major depression, substance abuse, psychosis, and premature death from suicide. According to the DSM, no information on social or genetic predisposition to the disease is available.  (full context)
Chapter 32: My Diagnosis
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...required her to pore over her admission and discharge forms and cross-reference them with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . She considers her diagnosis a “fairly accurate picture of [herself] at eighteen,” minus a... (full context)
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...it—Kaysen begins to annotate her diagnosis for her readers. She makes her way through the DSM entry on the disease, starting at the initial definition. She starts by noting that the... (full context)
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...make, Kaysen considers the following sentence: “the disorder is more commonly diagnosed in women.” The DSM does not state that “the disorder is more common in women,” and Kaysen chastises the... (full context)