Archive for December, 2009

Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup: Part Four

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
Megan Fox at Jennifer's Body Fan Event in Hollywood

Check out the links to some of the most popular posts in this last installment of the Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup, then catch up on the first three parts below.

September 2009

October 2009

November 2009

December 2009

And that wraps up the Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup! If you missed them, be sure to check out Part One, Part Two, and Part Three before we head into 2010!

Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup: Part Three

Monday, December 28th, 2009
Britney Spears attends the Teen Choice 2009 Awards in Los Angeles

What do Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Robert Pattinson, and Harry Potter have in common? They’re all part of Part Three of Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup!

June 2009

July 2009

August 2009

Be sure to check out Part One and Part Two if you missed them, and visit again Wednesday for September’s, October’s, November’s, and December’s top posts at Celebrity Psychings!

Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup: Part Two

Saturday, December 26th, 2009
NIN In Concert At The Echoplex

Part Two of the Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup seems to focus mostly on celebrities who’ve taken a stand against the stigma of mental illness and advocated in some way for mental health awareness and resources.

March 2009

April 2009

May 2009

Be sure to check out Part One if you missed it, and visit again Monday for June’s, July’s, and August’s top posts at Celebrity Psychings!

Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup: Part One

Thursday, December 24th, 2009
2nd Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival's Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne

December not only marks the end of another year; it also marks the one-year anniversary of Psych Central’s Celebrity Psychings!

In the spirit of the kinds of year-end roundups we see all over the Internet and television this time of year, I thought it’d be interesting to spend a few days taking a look back at some of the more popular posts here at Celebrity Psychings. Whether they saw high traffic, spawned lots of interesting conversation, or struck a controversial nerve, these posts were the ones that seemed to resonate most with Celebrity Psychings readers.


December 2008

January 2009

February 2009

Don’t forget to check back Saturday for March’s, April’s, and May’s top posts at Celebrity Psychings!

Wishing Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler A Successful Journey To Recovery

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

There’s been some speculation lately about Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler – specifically, whether or not the two-year hiatus from Aerosmith is true, how he and his band mates are getting along, and how – if at all – any of it is related to his rumored current drug abuse. (Tyler has had fairly public battles with substance abuse in the past.)

Perhaps the speculation and rumors will come to an end today, now that Rolling Stone has confirmed – using a statement from Tyler himself – that the lead singer has entered rehab for a painkiller addiction and has no plans of taking an extended break from Aerosmith:

“With the help of my family and team of medical professionals I am taking responsibility for the management of my pain and am eager to be back on the stage and in the recording studio with my bandmates Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford.”

“I wish to set the record straight and say that I have read reports of a rumored two-year hiatus and want to be clear that this is completely false and I will enthusiastically be writing, recording and performing with Aerosmith as soon as things are handled.”

I’m not yet sure about how Tyler’s band mates are reacting, but he seems to have the full support of his daughter Liv Tyler, whom Rolling Stone quotes as saying:

“He is a courageous man […] We love him and are so proud that he is getting help to balance his pain management, not just for himself but for his family, friends and fans.”

Rehab might not seem like the most ideal place to spend your holiday season, but the time of year hardly matters when you’re struggling with an addiction.

Here’s to wishing Tyler a successful journey back to recovery!

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Psychologist, Author Tells Us to Shut Up About Tiger Woods

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
Tiger Woods announces he will take an indefinite break from golf

Since both before and after Tiger Woods came clean about his “transgressions,” I’ve read numerous newspaper articles and blog posts, and caught glimpses of a handful of “news” reports, that’ve speculated about the reasons for such transgressions and what such transgressions might mean for his marriage, his career (and his endorsements), and public perceptions.

Some of the articles and posts that’ve stuck out the most for me – whether they were offering professional opinions and information or simply different ways of looking at the situation – include Dr. John Grohol’s Perhaps Why Tiger Woods Cheats, Christine Stapleton’s Diagnosing Mental Illness with a Remote in One Hand and a Tabloid in the Other, Richard Shweder’s Tiger Woods and the Halo Effect, and Stuart Fischoff’s Adam Lambert and Tiger Woods: A Tale of Two American Idol Scandals.

However, the article that has resonated with me the most – and lines up well with many of the comments at my own Would A Sex Addiction Offer Tiger Woods A Pass? – has been Michael Bader’s You Don’t Know Anything About Tiger Woods, So Shut Up!

Bader, a psychologist and psychoanalyst and the author of Male Sexuality: Why Women Don’t Understand It -and Men Don’t Either, tells us what only a handful of media folk have told us and does it in a refreshingly blunt way even fewer media folk have approached.

In short, we don’t know jack about squat and would do well to shut up.

Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings:

Friday, December 18th, 2009

From music and books to movies and charity/organization involvement, there’s been a wide variety of holiday gift ideas all with two things in common: helping you find the perfect gift and helping you help mental health and wellness.

Yet…what if none of those gift ideas really suit the person you’re shopping for?

If you don’t think any of the gift ideas listed this week would work, but you still want to give something that will help others, too, consider shopping through

When you shop through, up to 30% of the cost is donated to a charity or cause of your choice.

Companies and organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (a favorite of Hugh Laurie’s), Operation Kids (partnered with Drew Brees to help rebuild New Orleans with kids in mind), TOMS Shoes (which, for every pair of shoes purchased, gives one pair to a child in need and has designed a special pair for Dave Matthews Band fans), the National Inclusion Project (co-founded by Clay Aiken and created to help children of all abilities experience full inclusion), and the TZONE Foundation (founded by Tyra Banks and created to raise funds and help with grants for community-based programs to help disadvantaged girls and women) are just a few of the programs included in the database.

Plus, helps you find deals with more than 1,000 stores. Avon, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Amazon, Gap, Home Depot, iTunes, Kohls, Macy’s – they’re all there.

Happy shopping!

Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings: Charity & Campaign Involvement

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Another idea for holiday “shopping” this season is to in some way get involved with a mental health charity or organization.

You could:

  • Make a donation in a friend’s or loved one’s name.
  • Purchase a membership for someone.
  • Purchase merchandise, which will both help the organization and give your receiver something cool to sport.
  • Point your friend or loved on in the direction of a much-needed resource. (Obviously, this one is of a more sensitive nature and you should probably consider the person and your relationship before proceeding.)

Of course, you could always align yourself with one of the bigger, more established mental health organizations such as the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health America, and NARSAD – but hey, we have a celebrity theme going on here, right? :)

In addition to the organizations included in the NBC Nightly News “Making a Difference” series, take some time to check out:

  • EmsCharityKiss: EmsCharityKiss isn’t supported by any celebrity, but it does focus on one: Robert Pattinson. Megan Jackson, the mastermind behind EmsCharityKiss, has two goals in mind: The first involves raising awareness and research funds for depression via Everyday Hero and One In Five Australia, and the second involves getting RPattz to grant her her first kiss. You can donate to the cause through any of the sites, and I’m betting the “For Kissing Handsome Vampires” lip balm at would make a great stocking stuffer for…well, just about any female in your family.
  • No Kidding, Me Too! Joey Pantoliano’s No Kidding, Me Too! is on a mission to bring together people dealing with mental illness and eradicate the stigma associated with it. The organization, which is backed by a slew of famous names, accepts donations and according to the website you can get a copy of the No Kidding, Me Too! documentary when you donate $50 or more.
  • Bring Change 2 Mind: Glenn Close and her sister Jessie Close launched Bring Change 2 Mind last October, and if you want to make a donation, …

Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings: Movie Guide

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Movies don’t always have the best reputations for accurately and respectfully portraying stories and situations involving mental illness (think Observe and Report, or nearly every movie included on Bob Tremblay’s “Crazy About Movie Psychopaths” article), but there are times when – if we move past the creative and artistic licenses – they can offer us new perspective and maybe even teach us a thing or two.

(Note: I would have liked to have included Brothers and Precious in this list, but given that the two only recently hit theaters and it’ll probably be a while before they make it to DVD, I don’t think they’d really help with a holiday shopping list – unless, of course, you buy the theater tickets…which really isn’t a bad idea…)


The Soloist: The Soloist – the film adaptation of the life-altering encounter between Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and homeless, schizophrenic, and ridiculously talented Nathaniel Ayers that stars Jamie Foxx (as Ayers) and Robert Downey, Jr. (as Lopez) – received mixed reviews throughout the mental health community, but I don’t think anyone can confidently say its release wasn’t one of the movie events of the year. Learn more at the movie’s official website.


Canvas: It might not have been a major movie event, but it has received excellent reviews and, like The Soloist, Canvas (which was released in late December 2008) stars Joe Pantoliano and Marcia Gay Harden) deals with living with schizophrenia; only, in this movie, we see how the mental illness affects and entire family. Learn more about Canvas and how you can order it at the movies official site.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: If you’re new to Celebrity Psychings, you might be surprised to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on this list – in which case, I’ll point you to the posts within my “Half-Blood Prince Life Lessons” series that highlight life lessons the story teaches us about laughter, relationships, dreams, judgment, face value, friendships, and the importance of moving forward. Nuff said.

Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings: Celebrity Memoirs

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, celebrity autobiographies don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. While many people view these tell-alls as ways for the celebs to exploit their lives or the lives of others in order to make a quick buck, lots of famous folk actually write them because a) they provide a sort of therapeutic release, and b) they genuinely do hope their stories will help others.

(Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links within this post.)


Miley Cyrus (Miles to Go): Although situated Miles to Go in the 13th spot on its “14 Awful Titles for Celeb Memoirs,” I think (based on the book’s product description at Amazon, which claims the book offers “an honest, humorous, and often touching story of one girl’s coming-of-age”) that it’s actually fairly aptly titled. Miles to Go seems to have gotten its fair share of decent reviews, and it might be a great choice for the ‘tween and teenage girls on your shopping list.


Mary Weiland (Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll): The ex-wife of Stone Temple Pilots’ and Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland released her memoir, Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll, late last October and told editor Rick Florino she hopes her candor regarding battles with mental illness, substance abuse, and the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle will help someone connect and quotes her as telling Snark Food she hopes the book will eliminate “the stigma that the words ‘mental illness’ carry.”


Howie Mandel (Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me): Funny man Howie Mandel blended his lifetime struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into his routines here and there, but he tells all in Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me, the memoir he released last month and, as he admits to Ellen DeGeneres, one for which the writing – and releasing – process was both “funny” and “tough.”


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