“It’s so much more difficult to be out about being mentally ill than being queer,” says Curve Contributing Editor and Hooked-Up blogger Stephanie Schroeder. “People think I’m ‘crazy’ because they just don’t understand mental illness. And don’t even get me started about domestic violence among lesbians, another taboo topic that gets (almost) no attention.” Schroeder addresses those subjects and so much more in Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide, her memoir-in-progress.
Schroeder says the books is as much about New York City, where she has lived for the past 20 years, as about her past relationships with women and grappling with both Tourette’s Syndrome and bipolar disorder. “It’s kind of a bizarre guidebook to New York City, including its homeless shelters, psychiatric wards, hospitals for the criminally insane, sweaty nightclubs, hourly motels, S&M clubs, as well as domestic lesbian U-Haul dystopia.
“Bipolar disorder, along with other mental illnesses, is quite misunderstood,” says Schroeder. “I happen to be very lucky that I have excellent doctors and, because I am white and middle class, I get very good care. But so many people don’t for lots of reasons. I also don’t tow the party line that all medication is a mental straight jacket that wreaks havoc with creativity. I do have some mental side effects from my meds, but I am also committed to taking care of myself and staying on medication is part of that. I’ve attempted suicide three times and I never want to be in that place again.”
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