Suicide Junkie


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By S Westwood

ISBN: 978-1-84747-081-2
Published: 2007
Pages: 281
Key Themes: suicidal thoughts, abuse, obsessive phobia, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder


As a survivor of at least five suicide attempts and a habit to self harm, the author of this autobiographical novel fights with an obsessive phobia. The author thinks that his skin is hideously ugly, this develops into a personality disorder that leads to the edge of despair. He is diagnosed as having Borderline Personality Disorder and severe depression but it is not for a further ten years that his silence regarding his appearance is broken and he is finally diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. In the knowledge that his skin problem is a mental disorder rather than a physical deformity the correct medication is, at last, prescribed and the road to recovery begins. This is a strong and emotional but ultimately positive book which will do much to create greater understanding of these widely misunderstood ailments.

About the Author

S. Westwood grew up in Great Wymondley, a small village near Hitchin in Hertfordshire. He studied at the Thomas Alleyne school in Stevenage and then went on to study at the NH College in Letchworth. A full time writer S.Westwood is married to artist Ashley and lives in Letchworth with their chihuahua Tequila. The couple recently lost their daughter Lydia Angel who was born asleep. She is sorely missed. S.Westwood has had mental health problems since childhood and has been diagnosed with having borderline personality disorder, body dysmorphic disorder and severe depression. Now working to improve understanding of these largely unknown illnesses, S.Westwood hopes that his writing will connect with fellow sufferers

2 reviews for Suicide Junkie

  1. Gemma King (verified owner)

    Beautifully written, a very moving book that will make you feel absolute empathy with the writer. Evoked very strong emotion, I was in tears at several points.
    It is very honest. I know the area the writer grew up in very well, and he captures it so accurately. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it has changed the way I feel about a lot of things.
    Honestly, the most amazing book I have ever read.

  2. Judith Haire (verified owner)

    Suicide Junkie is an inspirational read. Harrowing in parts, this is a book that’s difficult to put down. Stephen has written an outstanding account of his battle with not one but many disorders. His bravery and candour are to be admired and he is to be congratulated for raising awareness of BDD and for writing Suicide Junkie which is a very informative and memorable book.

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