Archive for April, 2011

Weekend Reading: Catherine Zeta-Jones Won’t Suffer Silently

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Just a couple of weeks after news broke about her Bipolar II Disorder treatment, 41-year-old actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has given an exclusive statement to People magazine.

Earlier this month, a representative for Catherine Zeta-Jones confirmed the actress sought in-patient treatment for Bipolar II Disorder at Silver Hill Hospital near New Canaan, Connecticut. Speculation hinted at a rough year (husband Michael Douglas recently recovered from throat cancer) and the need to treat depression before she begins filming her new movie, Playing the Field.

Rather than just clear the air, Catherine hopes her straightforwardness about the mental illness will help others:

This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them. If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help. (People)

How refreshing – not to mention inspiring and hopeful – is it when someone speaks so candidly about

If you’d like to check out the rest of Catherine’s story, this issue of People hits newsstands today.

Image Source: People


Marriage Advice For Prince William And Kate Middleton

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Prince William and Kate Middleton (soon-to-be Catherine Middleton – it’s more royal, you know) will tie the knot in just two days.

In light of that, my lightweight obsession will all things British Royalty has kicked into overdrive and, during my Googling sessions, I found the marriage advice Queen Latifah offered the royal couple – Kate Middleton, specifically.

You can check out the entire article online courtesy of Parade magazine, but the gist of her advice?

Make sure you have a sanctuary, because everybody in the world is going to be in your business.

Sounds solid to me.

Do YOU have any marriage advice to offer William and Kate?

Sure, they’re going to face a lot of challenges most of us can’t imagine, but the foundations for conquering those challenges are the same – no matter who you are.

Are you currently married? Have you been married before? Maybe you’re just interested in getting married or have been through marriage counseling and learned a few pointers.

Whatever your situation, if you have any marriage tips for the royal couple, share them in the comments!

In the meantime, check out what the rest of Psych Central has to say about marriage after the jump.


Christina Aguilera Brings Life’s “Hiccups” To ‘The Voice’

Monday, April 25th, 2011

NBC’s new reality singing competition, The Voice, premieres tomorrow night and it might just be the fresh start one of the judges needs.

There’s no doubt celebrity judge Christina Aguilera is excited about the show. She’s been tweeting about it all month.

However, Aguilera recently went on record with UsMagazine.com about some of the topics her Twitter followers might have been more interested in (think divorce, public intoxication, screwing up the “National Anthem” lyrics, nearly falling off the Grammy stage, etc. and so forth), and even talked about how those “hiccups” might help her – and the show’s contestants – as she mentors them alongside fellow judges Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Adam Levine:


Prince William And Kate Middleton Choose Charities Over Gifts

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

The Royal Wedding (I don’t really know if that should be capitalized; it just felt right) between Prince William and Catherine Middleton takes place in exactly one week.

I know, I know, that doesn’t leave us with much time to pick out a suitable piece of silver-gilt wedding plate.

Panic!

However, if you haven’t completed your wedding shopping yet, you’re in luck: The Royal Couple (again: caps? no caps? British Monarchy Makes Me Nervous) has set up a charitable gift fund to help celebrate the union.

The Prince William & Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund offers would-be gift-givers the opportunity to donate to a variety of charities they support.


Stay True To YOU: Lessons From Casey Abrams And James Durbin

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Season 10 of American Idol has taught us quite a few things so far, and last Wednesday’s episode – during which the contestants performed songs from movies – was no exception.

Usually, the constants are eager for feedback and advice from Jimmy Iovine, the uber well-known music producer and chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records who is acting as Season 10′s in-house mentor.

However, last week, fan favorites Casey Abrams and James Durbin decided it was more important to continue marching to their own drum beats than follow Iovine’s advice. Both Abrams, who performed Nat King Cole’s “Nature Boy,” and Durbin, who rocked out to Sammy Hagar’s “Heavy Metal,” were advised to choose different songs.

And, both said no.


Catherine Zeta-Jones Receives Bipolar II Disorder Treatment

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Last Wednesday, a representative for Catherine Zeta-Jones publicly confirmed the award-winning actress recently sought in-patient treatment for Bipolar II Disorder at Silver Hill Hospital near New Canaan, Connecticut.

Bipolar II Disorder is similar to Bipolar I Disorder in that it is a mood disorder characterized by fluctuations between feelings of mania (the “highs”) and depression (the “lows”). The difference between Bipolar I and Bipolar II is that people with Bipolar II Disorder typically don’t reach full-on mania. Instead, they’ll experience hypomania, which is a less-intense elevated mood.

According to Catherine’s representative:

After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II Disorder. She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films. (People)


Weekend Reading: Reese Witherspoon On Rejection And Love

Friday, April 15th, 2011

ELLE UK released its May issue on April 6 (geez, WHY are these magazines always a month or so ahead?!) and gracing the cover is none other than the super cute star of the upcoming Water for Elephants, Reese Witherspoon.

(I guess I should have said one of the super cute stars, for all you Robert Pattinson fans!)

As per usual, along with the cover shot comes a feature story, and during this one Witherspoon dishes about her bad habit of worrying; dealing with the judgment, rejection, and unknown that comes along with the business; the lessons she learned from her marriage to Ryan Phillipe; and the happiness she enjoys with new husband Jim Toth.

If you can’t pick up a copy of May’s ELLE UK, the magazine’s website features a glimpse of the interview, and you can check out a more in-depth look over at PopSugar.com.

Water for Elephants hits theaters Friday, April 22.

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The Absence Of Mental Illness Is Just The Beginning

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Let’s take a break from celebrity mental health for a minute to talk about your mental health.

Rather, a presentation that just might help you better understand your mental health and how it relates to mental illness – and society.

Later today, Mental Health America will host “Flourishing: Positive Mental Health Is Good Public Health,” a free webinar presented by Corey Keyes, PhD, a sociologist at Emory University.

The 90-minute (2 p.m. EST – 3:30 p.m. EST) webinar will address the “dual continua model” and how it “suggests that the causes of positive mental health may be distinct processes from those now understood as causes of mental illness.”

The absence of mental illness does not translate into the presence of mental health, and any condition less than being “flourishing” results in elevated ‘burden’ to self and society [...] Rather than intensifying the exclusive focus on mental illness, nations must adopt two complementary approaches to tackle the problem of mental illness: (1) Protection and promotion of flourishing mental health for the prevention of mental illness, while (2) improving the treatment of and recovery from mental illness.

Sound interesting? Free during that hour and a half? Why not register and see what it’s all about?


Legendary Guitarist Slash Raises Money For Charity

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Last month, some of Los Angeles’s wayward youth got a big helping hand from rock icon Slash.

On Saturday, March 26, the legendary guitarist (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) auctioned off an “extensive collection” of his personal belongings – which included everything from t-shirts, jackets, belts, and sunglasses to guitars, jewelry, furniture, and a 1966 Corvette Stingray – all in the name of charity.

Some of the most interesting items?

The clothing Slash wore and the guitar he played during his recent Super Bowl performance went for more than $100,000, and the 1966 Corvette Stingray – the item he said was the most difficult to part with – sold for a cool $110,000.

The rocker also auctioned off two of his own Gibson signature model guitars, a custom Guns N’ Roses belt, and – get this – a coffee table given to him by Charlie Sheen.


American Idol Judges’ Emotional Reactions To Pia’s Elimination

Friday, April 8th, 2011

If you’re an American Idol fan, no doubt you probably have an opinion on last night’s elimination of Pia Toscano over Stefano Langone.

Both Pia and Stefano are talented (I’m starting to think all this hype about it being the best year for Idol is true – they’re all so talented), but I’m not invested in either contestant. I have my picks, just like everyone else. So, before Ryan Seacrest announced the contestant who’d be going home, I really didn’t have an opinion one way or the other. Therefore, I wasn’t shocked when Pia was sent packing (just as I wouldn’t have been shocked if it had been Stefano).

I did, however, quickly develop an opinion about the judges’ reactions to Pia’s elimination and, by default, Stefano’s safety.

Aside from the judges’ passionate save of Casey Abrams a few weeks ago, we haven’t really seen the judge’s get too involved – emotionally, I mean – on results night. Obviously, that was part of their job. They were given that save to use on a contestant whom they believed should be given another chance, and that’s what they did.

But last night’s shocked and appalled faces?


 

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