Despite Controversy, Jim Bob Duggar Offers Parenting Advice

Over the past few years, the Duggars appeared on their 19 Kids and Counting show on TLC and were considered, by some, a model for families. It was a shock, therefore, when it was discovered that eldest son, Josh, had molested several underage girls, including two of his own sisters. There has been much debate about how the parents handled the situation but, ultimately, their show was pulled from the air.

While some argued for forgiveness on behalf of Josh, another huge bombshell was dropped - during the Ashley Madison hack, it was revealed that Josh Duggar had two active accounts with the site offering affairs to married men and women. After confessing to a pornography addiction and cheating on his wife, Anna, Josh entered rehab. It is unclear whether he has completed his treatment but everyone is still reeling from the series of events.

With everything that has been going on, it surprised some when patriarch, Jim Bob, took to his family’s personal website to provide advice to men who are trying to raise kids. In his post, “A Note to Fathers,” he expressed grief that his wife, Michelle, had once suffered a miscarriage while on birth control and that they, as a couple, prayed to God for forgiveness.

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Reid Ewing Reveals Body Dysmorphia, Sexual Orientation

Making the decision to reveal sexual orientation is deeply personal. Some may choose to confide in trusted friends and family before coming out to the world, others opt to keep the matter private for their entire lives and still others may live their lives in such a way that they assume it’s all obvious. Modern Family actor, Reid Ewing, recently surprised fans with a casual comment about his sexuality at a time when they were already reeling about his battle with body dysmorphia.

Plastic Surgery Addiction

In a personal essay written for Huffington Post, Ewing explained that, after moving to Los Angeles in 2008, he felt isolated and developed a deep sense of insecurity over the pressure to look a certain way. He wrote: “‘No one is allowed to be this ugly,’ I thought. ‘It’s unacceptable.’ … when I was 19-years-old, I made my first appointment to meet with a cosmetic surgeon. I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt.”

With “very few, if any, friends” to talk to, he would sit alone in his apartment and take pictures of himself “from every angle, analyzing every feature.” This obsession with his appearance, which, in his case, was diagnosed as body dysmorphic disorder, led him to consult with a plastic surgeon.  He admits to having had several botched procedures, including cheekbone and chin implants as well as Botox injections. By 2012, he had descended into depression and struggled with people even looking at him.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Shares How Depression Shaped His Life

Too often, people make assumptions about the types of people affected by mental illness. A recent example is the shock many expressed when Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson admitted to having struggled with depression. Sure, he may be physically strong and he may be cast in "tough guy" roles but he's a human being just like anyone else. Depression does not discriminate - it affects people from all walks of life - and the honesty of people like Johnson help us realize how many people around us may be suffering in silence.

During an appearance on OWN network's "Oprah’s Master Class" he explained: "I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you're not alone. You're not the first to go through it; you're not going to be the last to go through it … I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], 'Hey, it's gonna be OK. It'll be OK.' Hold on to that fundamental quality of faith. Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good."

Football Aspirations

In his youth, Johnson played for the University of Miami but, after he graduated, he was overlooked by the NFL. After being added to the practice roster of Canadian Football League team, the Calgary Stampeders, he suffered even more disappointment when they let him go. At 23 years old, instead of having the successful athletic career he'd dreamed of, he was living with his parents in a tiny apartment. "You just feel like you're alone," he said. "You feel like it's only you. You're in your bubble."

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Charlie Sheen Discusses Shame, Attempt to Conceal HIV Status

Charlie Sheen has been a big name in Hollywood for decades and, during that time, he earned a bit of a reputation for his partying ways. Still, he continued to make movies and reached massive television success on Two and a Half Men.  It seemed like things were going great for him until his falling out with producer, Chuck Lorre, resulted in him being killed off the show. What followed was a confusing period during which Sheen appeared increasingly unstable. Over time, things quieted down and he faded a bit from the spotlight but, after a very revealing interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, he's back to being the center of attention.

Charlie Sheen Confirms HIV Status

When he sat down with Lauer yesterday, Sheen confirmed that he is HIV positive. The 50-year-old actor said: "It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life." Most of us can only imagine the emotional turmoil that would come with that type of diagnosis. It would be daunting to try to digest that kind of news while trying to hide it from the continually prying public eye.

The reason Sheen came forward, however, is that some people around him know about it and have been demanding money in return for their silence. He explained: "I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, threatening the health of so many others that couldn't be further from the truth." Adding that he's paid out more then $10 million for his privacy, he continued: "What people forget is that that's money they're taking from my children. I trusted them and they were deep in my inner circle, and I thought they could be helpful. My trust turned to their treason."

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Former Olympian Debi Thomas Reveals Serious Struggles

When I was a kid, I can distinctly remember watching Debi Thomas compete at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Despite the fact that she was beat out by Katarina Witt and Elizabeth Manley for the gold and silver, respectively, her unique story stood out.

For example, it was even more uncommon than it is today to see an African-American woman competing in figure skating at such a high level (in fact, she was the first African-American to win a medal in any event at the Winter Games). It was even more impressive that this dynamo was also a surgeon. Indeed, it seemed like Debi Thomas had it all and, maybe, for a little while, she did. Unfortunately, that’s definitely not the case now.

Loss of Practice

As she tried to establish a life outside of figuring skating, her husband found it difficult to live in the public eye. Their relationship ended and Thomas considered it a personal failure. With her focus firmly on medicine, she set her expectations too high and found herself competing with colleagues. As a result, she was let go from two great positions.

In an effort to save her career, Thomas opened a private practice in Richlands, Virginia, as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. A second divorce came around this time and the financial fallout cost her the nest egg that she had saved. After just two years, she closed her clinic’s doors for good.

Living in a Trailer

Currently, the former Olympian and physician is unemployed and living in a bed-bug infested trailer with her fiancé and his two children in the Appalachian Mountains. She has lost custody of her own 13-year-old son.

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Prince Harry Emotional After Encounter with Marine

Traditionally, the British royal family have been the model of composure and decorum but times have changed. Following the introduction of the late Princess Diana, the monarchs became more relatable. It’s no surprise that even years after her death, her sons continue to demonstrate their ability to be vulnerable, even among strangers.

Seriously wounded in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan back in 2012, 24-year-old U.S. Marine, Kirstie Ennis, somehow found the strength to embark on a 1,000-mile journey with five other people. She was supposed to have her leg amputated below the knee over the summer but postponed the surgery in order to participate in the charity walk.

Remembering the Fallen

As they made their way along the journey, the Marine left 24 dog tags around the United Kingdom. She saved a final one, in honor of Corporal Baune, for last. Their trek ended with a visit to Buckingham Palace where Ennis was greeted by Prince Harry. She pressed the treasured dog tag into the royal’s hand only to have him reply: “No, I can’t. I can’t accept this.” He was clearly moved by the moment but the pair embraced after Ennis pleaded: "Please, you know what this means to me, I want you to."

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Kendall Jenner’s Acne Hurt Self-Esteem

Teenage acne is common, as is the associated embarrassment over it but it’s always interesting to hear a celebrity open up about how they handled a rite of passage that is happening in high school classrooms and hallways across the country.

It’s hard to imagine the smooth-faced model with any blemishes on her skin but, she says that it was a struggle. In a post on her webpage, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star shared her experience during that tough and transitional time.

The 19-year-old wrote of her acne: “Where it really impacted me was how self-conscious I became about it. It completely ruined my self-esteem. I wouldn’t even look at people when I talked to them. I felt like such an outcast; when I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face.”

Most of us have lived through exactly those feelings and have done similar things. I only had a few pimples in my teen years but, one time, I was so horrified that I put a bandaid over it. Of course, my classmates accused me of trying to cover up a zit and it was even more embarrassing to try to deny it!
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Demi Lovato Felt Conflicted Over Abusive Father’s Death

Young fans caught their first glimpse of Demi Lovato when she was just a little girl on Barney and Friends. She later moved on to being a Disney darling, starring in movies such as Camp Rock and releasing music that showed that she had just as much of a talent for singing as she did for acting. Indeed, it seemed like life was pretty great for her but, unfortunately, she was suffering inside.

She has been very candid about her struggles with mental illness, addiction and body image issues but a recent interview shed light on her tumultuous childhood and the strained relationship she had with her father.

When Patrick Lovato died of cancer in 2013, the singer/actress says that she felt “conflicted” because he had been abusive. This sentiment echoes the confusing and complicated relationships many people have with their abusive parents.

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Ethan Embry Battled Addiction, Depression to Make Comeback

In his youth, Ethan Embry (also known as Ethan Randall), grew from a talented child actor into a teen heartthrob. In films such as Dutch (his debut), Empire Records and Can’t Hardly Wait, he won over audiences and seemed to solidify his future in the industry - then he disappeared. It’s been a long journey but, finally, he’s finding his way back into the profession he seems to love so much.

Spiral Into Addiction

Growing up can be really difficult for child and teen stars which is evident by the fact that so many of them struggle. As Embry said: “Having started really young, you have to constantly reinvent — more so than if you start as an adult. There’s transitional phases and the hardest one is young adult to adult and actually showing that you’re capable of artistically competing with your peers. That transition was a hard one for me that I’ve been working on for a while.”

The now 37-year-old actor has plenty of experience to draw upon. Over the last five years he has been focusing on reestablishing his career and getting sober. He explains that you don’t have to be unprofessional to be in trouble.

According to Embry: “I was never late for work, I never couldn’t work, I’ve never been arrested — I don’t know how that never happened — but I have never directly harmed anyone else with my disease, but I’m sure that who it was turning me into might have made it harder to work with me. When you lose sight of how good you have it and you become greedy and want something different, you lose what’s already been given to you. I think that’s a common action in people that drink too much. You get really selfish. I couldn’t tell you if the timing of me making changes and working more is related, but it would be silly if I didn’t think that had something to do with it.”

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Lady Gaga Opens Up About Battle with Depression

More and more celebrities are opening up about their experiences with psychological disorders. Sometimes, it's surprising to hear that someone rich and famous is struggling but the message is powerful for fans - no matter where you are in life, people from all backgrounds suffer from mental illness.

One recent example is Lady Gaga who has been sharing details about her ongoing battled with depression and anxiety. The 29-year-old superstar sat down with Billboard in an effort to help lessen the feelings of isolation that can sometimes come with emotional distress. "I've suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life," Gaga admitted. "I still suffer with it every single day."
Interestingly enough, despite how her music and videos are shared, the singer questioned whether current technology is making things worse for people. She explained: "There is something in the way that we are now, with our cell phones and people are not looking at each other and not being in the moment with each other, that kids feel isolated. They read all of this extremely hateful language on the Internet. The Internet is a toilet. It is. It used to be a fantastic resource - but you have to sort through sh*t to find the good stuff."
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