Archives for December, 2009


Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup: Part Four

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

Hey, Megan Fox - No One CARES If You Cut Yourself
Forget Kanye. Let's Talk About Beyonce
Jennifer Aniston: "I think a good relationship is about collaboration."

October 2009

Glenn Close Launches Bring Change 2...
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Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup: Part Three

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

Jackson, Fawcett, McMahon: Coping With The Loss Of American Icons
Jon & Kate: Divorce? Really? Is That The Best You Can Do?
Do You Think There's A Connection Between Creativity And Mental Illness?
Both Sides Of The...
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Celebrity Psychings 2009 Year-End Roundup: Part Two

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

Confirmed: Matthew Lewis, Advocacy Rockstar
Regarding Rhetoric, "Suicide" Offers No Leeway
Kristen Stewart: "The Word Psychotic Apparently Is Really Bad"
Truth Is, The Unfolding Chrianna Saga Scares Us
The Don't Avert Your...
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Wishing Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler A Successful Journey To Recovery

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...
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Psychologist, Author Tells Us to Shut Up About Tiger Woods

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.

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Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings:

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.

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...
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Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings: Charity & Campaign Involvement

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...
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Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings: Movie Guide

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.

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Holiday Shopping With Celebrity Psychings: Celebrity Memoirs

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.

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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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