S.Westwood is now writing fiction under his married name
Check the mullaneywestwood website for details.
As S.Westwood, Stephen is known for his work raising awareness of the condition BDD - body dysmorphic disorder.
BDD is a horrible condition that can leave you thinking so negatively about the way you look, and in such an obsessional way that it completely ruins your enjoyment of life and destroys your self esteem. As such, it also has a huge impact on your self worth which can lead to depression and other psychological issues.
S.Westwood was a sufferer of BDD and as such felt isolation, was deeply depressed, had a problem with self harm and made many suicide attempts. He was, perhaps controversially, also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
Despite having written numerous short stories and even three novels, each with a supernatural theme, it was Stephen's memoirs about the struggle he had with these mental illnesses which became his first published works.
'Suicide Junkie' was written for the cathartic experience which came from it, but it also opened many doors. He was able to share his story and raise awareness on TV, radio, and the many 'sensationalised' magazine articles. He spent a few years as a public speaker and it also allowed for a short story compilation 'A Moment Gone' to be published.
In 2012 S.Westwood had the opportunity to revisit 'Suicide Junkie' - to correct some of the mistakes which were in the text, add some 'deleted scenes' and most importantly write a 'four years later' updated chapter.
This is now released under the title 'Body Dysmorphic Disorder- Memoir'.
The original book is perhaps quite negative, and although the tone of the updated version remains the same (it would not be honest otherwise) this later release was able to feature a less ambiguous happy ending.
Despite BDD still being a challenge, Stephen is no longer clinically depressed, no longer negative, and no longer at odds with his life.
He wanted to tell the world that it is possible. That you can get to the bottom of your soul, yet rise with your spirit intact.
Life has many challenges, but they are worth dealing with, because life is precious.
If you choose to read S.Westwood's BDD memoirs then 'Body Dysmorphic Disorder - Memoir' is the most up to date and complete version available, and I believe it will leave you with hope.