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Weekend Reading: Before The World Intruded

Regular Celebrity Psychings readers probably remember Michele Rosenthal.

She's the super helpful lady who talked with us a few years about about PTSD and entertainment media and worked with Carre Otis to provide information on everything from intimacy issues and trauma to overcoming fear and learning to let go of your past.

Well, earlier this month, Michele released her memoir, Before the World Intruded: Conquering the Past and Creating the Future, A Memoir.

Before the World Intruded tells the story of Michele's 25-year battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how she reclaimed her life and now lives completely free of PTSD symptoms.

Also, the book is full of ways other PTSD sufferers can recover:
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Legendary Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt To Receive Medal Of Freedom

On Friday, the White House announced that legendary women's basketball coach Patricia "Pat" Summitt will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of America's highest civilian honors.

Summitt, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease in 2011, launched The Pat Summit Foundation Fund to provide grants for nonprofit organizations that provide Alzheimer's education, support, and research.

Last week, Summitt stepped own from her role as the head coach for the Tennessee Lady Vols last week with...
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Weekend Listening: The Fix Lists 10 Greatest Songs About Recovery

The Fix is rapidly becoming one of my favorite health-oriented websites.

Whether it's a celebrity interview or an article on some new scientific development, the site, which touts itself as "the world's leading website about addiction and recovery," always has something interesting to sink your eyes in.

Of course, I can't share every single thing I enjoy from The Fix (though I did add the site to the Celebrity Psychings "Well Read" blogroll, finally), but every now and then (like their Courtney Love tell-all and list of how people filled the addiction void after becoming sober), something comes along I think y'all'd find interesting.

Most recently, I've bookmarked their list of The 10 Greatest Songs About Recovery.

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News Media

Sex, Love, And Being Yourself: Lessons From Meghan McCain

She doesn't get naked, but U.S. Senator John McCain's daughter definitely bares a little more than a smile for her recent Playboy interview.

Meghan McCain, an MSNBC contributor and Daily Beast columnist, is fairly well known for her no holds barred attitude toward, well, most things.

McCain isn't quiet about feeling there's room for everyone in the GOP, and she speaks out often on women's issues, marriage equality, and social issues.

So, it shouldn't come as a shock that she frankly lets Playboy's David Hochman know how she feels about homosexuality, love, and being oneself.

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Weekend Reading: Watch! Calls Claire Danes Complex, Interesting

Sometimes I get magazines to which I have absolutely no recollection of subscribing.

(I've mentioned this before.)

Maybe they're marketing ploys, maybe they're rewards for making some other purchase - I don't know. All I know is they randomly show up and stay for a while before just as randomly disappearing.

My current mysterious magazine subscription is Watch!, a glossy-paged CBS (yes, the network) magazine that tells me all about certain television characters and what they'd purchase if they were, you know, real.

(Ah, advertising.)

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Feel Uninspired? Creatively Tapped Out? Change Your Setting

It's been two years in the making, but Lisa Marie Presley finally releases her third studio album on May 15, 2012.

(Confession: I'm somewhat excited about this. I dug "Lights Out" and Presley's cover of "Dirty Laundry," so, yeah - I'll probably check it out.)

Rolling Stone calls the 11-track Storm & Grace, her first studio album since 2005's Now What?, "a raw, powerful country, folk and blues collection that finds her embracing her Southern roots and family name."

However, you might be a bit surprised to find out how far Presley went to reconnect with those Memphis, Tennessee roots.

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YouTube Personality Kingsley Says It MIGHT Get Better

If you haven't heard of Kingsley, let me give you a quick warning: He cusses, a lot. He's not everyone's cup of tea (I like him, my sister doesn't dig it) and, due to the language, his videos aren't safe for work.

With that being said, Kingsley is a popular YouTube personality (so popular, in fact, that earlier this year when he decided to stop wearing what had become his trademark hat in videos, "RIP Kingsley's Hat" was a trending topic on Twitter within minutes of his posting the video). He's wildly opinionated, makes random everyday events worthy of five-minute long rants, and has a contagious laugh - whether or not you like his material.

Kingsley also is gay, and he has a few things to say about bullying and the It Gets Better campaign.

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Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher Film Mental Health PSA

Country singer Carrie Underwood and her hockey playing husband Mike Fisher have teamed up to let teens know they're "beautiful," "special," and "loved."

The celebrity couple recently filmed a public service announcement (PSA) for Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D), a "youth-driven initiative focused on raising awareness and inspiring conversations about youth mental health."

Friends and family of Daron Richardson created D.I.F.D. after the 14-year-old girl committed suicide. The program "supports programs and initiatives aimed at transforming youth mental health" and aims to help create a future where young people can seek help without feeling afraid or ashamed.

During the PSA, Underwood tells teens to:

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