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Johnson describes the feeling of "bleeding out" unable to tell where she stopped and where her partner began. A self-confessed "psycho girlfriend," she was influenced by many emotional factors from her past. She recalls her path through a dysfunctional, destructive relationship, while recounting the experiences that brought her to her breaking point. In recognizing her struggle with borderline personality disorder, Johnson is ultimately able to seek help, embarking on a soul-searching healing process. It's a path that is painful, difficult, and at times heart-wrenching, but ultimately makes her more able to love and coexist in healthy relationships.

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Girl in Need of a Tourniquet

Though many of the best literary voices, queer or otherwise, have grappled with mental illness at one point or another, the experience remains cloaked in profound silence and shame.

Despite my love of memoir, and the potential for this book to break through stigma, most of the time it felt intentionally disjointed. I was repeatedly left wondering what the overarching point of the book was, beyond I assume having been cathartic to Johnson. The main point becomes her obsessive and dysfunctional relationship with a woman named Emily who cheats on her long-term partner whom she has a teenage daughter with in order to have an affair with Johnson.

Chapter after chapter, we watch as their relationship ebbs and flows, and with each ebb Johnson becomes less functional and more obsessive. This results in obsessive and failed relationships that consume her life, rendering her unable to teach or even perform basic self-care. The pages themselves are accented by printed slashes intended to correspond with the self-cutting Johnson was engaging in throught the book.

As I read, I went back and forth about their inclusion, unable for much of the book to decide if I found them clever, or an irritating gimmick. Though I think they are a little of both, ultimately I like the way they brought Johnson to life on the page. The printed cuts are an interesting use of space and example of storytelling in their own right.

In some ways, Girl In Need of a Tourniquet read like a mangled and tumultuous panic attack. These explanations of the condition, symptoms, and treatment options felt more like a forced public service announcement than part of the book itself. There is a frantic quality of the other text that is more enthralling, and a good deal stronger than the more controlled explanatory passages that surround this more emotional writing.

June About: Sassafras Lowrey. Sassafras Lowrey is straight-edge punk who grew up to become the winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Sassafras' fiction and nonfiction work has appeared in numerous anthologies, literary journals, and magazines and ze facilitates writing workshops at colleges, conferences, and homeless shelters across the country. Sassafras has recently relocated from Brooklyn to Portland with hir partner, and their menagerie of dogs and cats.

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With raw honesty, Lisa Johnson tells of her lived experience with borderline personality disorder. Johnson, Merri Lisa. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, Storytelling thus acts in revolutionary and empowering ways, allowing the memoirist to present a version of self that might directly counter the authority of medicine. Personal stories also individualize, offering discrete perspectives against the anonymity of symptoms or etiologies. She recalls her path through a dysfunctional and destructive relationship with a married colleague, recounting the experiences that brought her to her breaking point. In recognizing her struggle with BPD, Johnson is eventually able to reach out and seek help. She embarks on a soul-searching, psychological healing process.

A Girl in Need of a Tourniquet

Though many of the best literary voices, queer or otherwise, have grappled with mental illness at one point or another, the experience remains cloaked in profound silence and shame. Despite my love of memoir, and the potential for this book to break through stigma, most of the time it felt intentionally disjointed. I was repeatedly left wondering what the overarching point of the book was, beyond I assume having been cathartic to Johnson. The main point becomes her obsessive and dysfunctional relationship with a woman named Emily who cheats on her long-term partner whom she has a teenage daughter with in order to have an affair with Johnson. Chapter after chapter, we watch as their relationship ebbs and flows, and with each ebb Johnson becomes less functional and more obsessive.

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‘Girl in Need of a Tourniquet’ by Merri Lisa Johnson

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Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality

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'Girl in Need of a Tourniquet' by Merri Lisa Johnson. Author: Sassafras Lowrey. April 19, Though many of the best literary voices, queer or otherwise, have.

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