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Sawyer Sweeten’s Mother Pays Tribute After Suicide

It has already been more than a week since former child actor, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. Over the weekend, approximately 200 of the 19-year-old’s friends and family gathered to say goodbye to the young man many referred to lovingly as “Bubs.”

His twin brother, Sullivan, with whom he starred on Everybody Loves Raymond, served as one of his pallbearers and one can only imagine how painful it was for him to help load that coffin into the hearse trailer (which was attached to a motorcycle in a nod to Sawyer’s love for Harley-Davidson) when the service was over.

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Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus Release Memoir of Emotional Survival

It is hard for most of us to imagine how difficult it would be to have our freedom taken away from us for a few hours but it’s downright impossible for us to know how horrible it would be to be held captive for a decade. Two women who have lived through that nightmare are now sharing their experience and how they managed to hold on to hope for so many long years.

Kidnapped as teenagers, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped captivity just two short years ago and now they have released the book, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland. Berry and DeJesus, kidnapped at 17 and 14, respectively, were repeatedly raped, physically and emotionally abused during the 10 years they were imprisoned in the home of Ariel Castro.

"He Was Always Watching"

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Andrea Yates 14 Years Later – Should She Be Free?

Most of us can remember the shock we felt in June 2001 when the story of Andrea Yates surfaced. The mother of five waited for her husband, Rusty, to leave for work and then one by one, she drowned Noah, John, Paul, Luke and Mary in their family bathtub. She confessed to the crime and, arguing that she suffered from postpartum psychosis, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Trial and Aftermath

After a grueling trial, a jury found her guilty of capital murder but it was later shown that the psychiatrist in the case had provided inaccurate testimony. A Texas appeals court retried Andrea in 2006 and, this time, she was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Rather than be released to the public, she is currently being held in a hospital.

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The (Somewhat) Forgotten Kardashian: Rob’s Hidden Pain

It seems as though we cannot make it through a single day without some news about the Kardashian family. Whether it's about Kim's fashion, Bruce Jenner's transition or extended family member, Kanye West's, antics, something is always going on. One person who is rarely mentioned, however, is Rob Kardashian, despite the fact that there are plenty of signs that things are not going well in his life.

Recently, US Weekly reported that the family matriarch, Kris Jenner, told the family that she's learned that Rob is spending a lot of money and never leaves his house. She went so far as to say: "I feel like if I don't help him do something drastic that he's going to die." Rob has also apparently gained 100 pounds and has missed major family events including Christmas and his sister's wedding.

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Zoe Kravitz Drew From Past Eating Disorder for New Role

Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, is just starting to make a name for herself in Hollywood but people shouldn't assume that her talented pedigree has prevented her from struggling in life.  In fact, she relied on some of her darker times as she prepared to take on the role of a woman battling anorexia in the independent film, The Road Within.

The 26-year-old actress explained: "I struggled with an eating disorder in high school and into my early 20s. That's part of what actually attracted me to the role; I think it's really important to talk about body image and the struggles a lot of women have with food—especially in the entertainment industry. I related to her in a lot of ways."

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Mariel Hemingway Discusses Personal Triumph Over Family History of Depression

Ernest Hemingway enjoyed incredible success in his lifetime. The talented writer penned The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms, three of the most respected pieces of literature in history. Unfortunately, his personal life was an entirely different story. He was married four times, survived two successive plane crashes and lived with chronic pain.

Many people overcome adversity in their lives but much of that depends on their coping strategies and support system. Hemingway, a heavy drinker, slipped into a depressive state in the last years of his life and was even treated with electroconvulsive therapy at the Mayo Clinic multiple times. Within months of his last treatment, he committed suicide by way of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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“Shark Tank” Star Robert Herjavec Contemplated Suicide After Divorce

If you’ve ever seen Shark Tank (or Dragon’s Den in his native Canada), you probably have noticed that Robert Herjavec is usually a pretty upbeat and positive guy - especially in comparison with the other “sharks” on the panel. He often talks about his family which is probably why he struggled so much after getting divorced.

Recently, Herjavec explained to Good Morning America that 2014 was an extremely challenging year in his life. The 51-year-old split from his wife of 24 years, Diane, and, in the months that followed, found it hard to cope with life. He said that he got to a point where he felt like there was no tomorrow to look forward to and contemplated suicide.

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How Avril Lavigne Has Coped with “Depressing” Lyme Disease Recovery

A few months ago, Avril Lavigne tweeted about a health crisis and left her fans wondering if she was going to be okay. Now, we have an idea of what was going on to make her seem so downtrodden. The singer has revealed that she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Onset of Illness

Lavigne doesn’t know when or how she was bitten by a tick but she is now very familiar with the consequences. Typically, symptoms begin around two weeks after infection and, in her case, Lavigne was traveling between Asia and South America for her world tour when she started feeling sick. She remembers feeling feverish and sweaty upon waking up in the middle of the night last April. Since she had been performing so much, she figured she was coming down with the flu or dealing with exhaustion. It wasn’t until after her last show in September that she had to admit something was seriously wrong. While trying to celebrate her 30th birthday, she found that she couldn’t muster enough energy to party with her friends in Las Vegas.

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After Dark Times, Britney Spears is “Happiest” She’s Ever Been

For almost a decade, Britney Spears’ struggles have been well-documented. She went from being the girl who had everything to someone who had really hit rock bottom. Rather than giving up, she and her family have rallied to put her life back together when it really seemed like all was lost. How did she go from being stripped of custody of her two sons while being held in a psychiatric hospital to, as she describes it, being the “happiest” she’s ever been? Let’s take a look at her journey.

Sexualized Beginnings

When Britney Spears burst onto the music scene with “...Baby One More Time” she was just a teenager. From that point forward, there was no stopping her rise to fame but many were concerned by the highly sexualized way she was marketed along with claims that she was a virgin. For a while, Spears went along with the story and even claimed that her long-time boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, had been her only lover but, eventually, she and her mother had to tell the truth - Spears was 13 when she started drinking and she lost her virginity just a year later. It was the first of many things that would turn out to be untrue about the young star’s life and, soon, the charade took a toll on her.

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Michelle Rodriguez Reveals Dark Days Following Paul Walker’s Death

Every person experiences grief differently. When actor, Paul Walker, died on November 30, 2013 in a car crash all of his fans were left completely stunned (myself included!) but the close-knit cast from all of the Fast and Furious films had the hardest time.

After six movies together, they had created a family-type bond and many of them really struggled in the months that followed. Michelle Rodriguez has revealed that, as she mourned, she engaged in behaviors that were destructive.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress explained: “I actually went on a bit of a binge. I went pretty crazy. A lot of the stuff I did last year I would never do had I been in my right mind.”

Part of her struggle was that she considered Paul “the deepest guy” she knew and felt a special connection with him as a result. She went on to say: “I could see Paul once every two years and just know there was another human on the planet who’s deep like me, who loves like that. When that disappears, you wonder, ‘Wait a minute, what do I hold on to?’ There was nothing to tether me to this existence: ‘Why am I f—king here? And, like, why’d you leave without me?’”

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