Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Daisy Randone
The movie Girl Interrupted gives a glimpse into the world of the psychiatric hospitals and their patients in the late 1960’s. Each of the characters exhibit symptoms of various psychological problems, while still being personable enough to allow viewers to sympathise with them. At some point in our lives, each of us feels as if we are on the outside of society like Susannah, or tries to manipulate others like Lisa. We do not, however, carry it to the extremes that they do. We are able to maintain control over our lives, and live in relative peace and harmony with those around us. One example from the movie of someone trying too hard to control the things around her is Daisy Randone’s obsessive compulsive disorder. Some examples of this behavior are; her obsession with chicken, her refusal to allow anyone into her room, her addiction to laxatives, and her eventual suicide. Some of the other residents talked about the fact that Daisy always checked in for a short stay around the holidays, and always had a private room. They also suspected that Daisy might be the victim of incest as well.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) develops most often in people who are under a great deal of stress.(Encyclopedia Britannica Volume 8 pg) This stress can become worse for survivors of child abuse around the holiday season, as they are forced to interact with family members. If this were the case for Daisy, being checked in to a mental facility during the holidays was probably the result of this extra stress. When she is admitted, she exhibits some of the more severe signs of OCD. For example, she seems to be obsessed with chicken. She refuses to eat with the other patients, she will only eat chickens from her fathers deli, she strips the meat from the carcasses and saves them under her bed. She even seems to be stuck on the word chicken. On several occasions, when talking about...
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