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At fifteen years old, Daphne Scholinski was committed to a mental institution and awarded the dubious diagnosis of "Gender Identity Disorder." She spent three years--and over a million dollars of insurance--"treating" the problem...with makeup lessons and instructions in how to walk like a girl. Daphne's story--which is, sadly, not that unusual--has already received attention from such shows as "20/20," "Dateline," "Today," and "Leeza." But her memoir, bound to become a classic, tells the story in a funny, ironic, unforgettable voice that "isn't all grim; Scholinski tells her story in beautifully evocative prose and mines her experiences for every last drop of ironic humor, determined to have the last laugh." (Time Out New York)

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At 15, Daphne Scholinski was committed to a mental institution and awarded the dubious diagnosis of "Gender Identity Disorder". "The voice of Daphne's teenage self--bewildered, frank, aching, and defiant--is so vivid it's like hearing a confidence whispered across a dormitory room deep in the night".--"Harper's Bazaar".

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Daphne Scholinski is an artist who lives in San Francisco. She is also an activist who speaks at colleges and universities about psychiatric abuse of gay and lesbian teenagers. She was a speaker at the NGO Conference on Women in Beijing, and her story has appeared on ABC-TV?S 20/20.

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mmcornelius, August 9, 2009 (view all comments by mmcornelius)
I settled down to read a few chapters and read through the night to the last page until the sun came up. It's a poignant, heartbreaking, yet somehow humorous account of a teenager wrongly committed to a mental institution. She didn't enter the center with substance abuse issues; it's amazing she came out clean. It is also a scathing indictment of warehouse/psychiatric care where the prevailing treatment happens to coincide with what insurance will cover. It should send a warning signal to any parent considering seeking such for a child. It is also a story of triumph and redemption against incredible odds.
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siren, December 6, 2008 (view all comments by siren)
Scholinski's memoir is one that causes an irrepressible lump to form in one's throat and an emergence of a feeling that lingers between anger, sadness, empathy, and horror. It chronicles his 4 years confined within 3 different mental health facilities after being diagnosed with "Gender Identity Disorder" and "homosexual tendencies", essentially, not acting as a "normal heterosexual" girl.

His writing captures the confusion and rage of traumatically spending the majority of his teen years under the "care" of the American psychiatric medical community, surviving sexual, emotional, psychological, and physical abuse, and existing in the world as an ex-mental patient. He is able to create an exposé of the homophobic, transphobic, and violent nature of psychiatric wards without losing the raw individual experiences in the process. It is jarring to think that his experiences took place in the early 1980s in and around Chicago, Illinois.

This is a great read for those interested in Transgender and queer h[is/her/ze]tories and struggles, questioning what it means to be 'normal', the violence of the psychiatric system, and surviving.

This Book Can be Triggering!: Discusses sexual and physical abuse, rape, dysfunctional families, psychological abuse, eating disorders, and suicide.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573226967
With:
Adams, Jane Meredith
Author:
Adams, Jane Meredith
Author:
Scholinski, Daphne
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Teenagers
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Gender identity disorders
Subject:
Gender identity disorders -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Life Stages - Teenagers
Subject:
Scholinski, Daphne - Health
Subject:
Gender identity disorders - Patients -
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.31x5.50x.63 in. .53 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , At 15, Daphne Scholinski was committed to a mental institution and awarded the dubious diagnosis of "Gender Identity Disorder". "The voice of Daphne's teenage self--bewildered, frank, aching, and defiant--is so vivid it's like hearing a confidence whispered across a dormitory room deep in the night".--"Harper's Bazaar".
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