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Laughter in the Face of Mental Illness

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

5783575155_33f7a63b8b_m-3This weekend, I had the opportunity to see the comedy/spoken word one man show Fruitcake: Ten Commandments of the Psych Ward, by Rob Gee. It was a wonderful production. The performance was witty, energetic, engaging, and wickedly funny. This show was about the lessons Rob has learned from his time of working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital (with the help of the voice of God, who happens to be a Jamaican woman). It’s not easy to laugh in the face of mental illness, especially when the play revolves around the stories of his patients.

At the beginning of the play, you are introduced to Rob, the voice of God that he hears in his head, some of his coworkers and the residents of the hospital. Because of the delicate nature of the subject, the audience doesn’t exactly know how to react at first. We aren’t sure if we should be laughing -and so our response is tentative at best.


It’s Gonna Get Better -It’s Just Gotta

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

6115510699_504f843a3e_m-2Depression has been a big topic in the news lately.  And I won’t lie to you, depression is hard, really hard. The isolation, the silence, and the noise, and on and on and on. Depression is a quite contradictory, have you noticed that?  And when you are in the throes of it, it feels like it will last forever. But it doesn’t. It tricks you into thinking that it lasts for an eternity, but it always goes away. And we get a reprieve of some sort.

Reading is a big help to me when I’m depressed, it takes me out of the moment and into another world, which is partly why I think of writers as A list celebrities. In matters such as these, I tend to accept wisdom from people who know themselves, and I find that people who spend endless hours alone know themselves better than people who surround themselves with an entourage.  


Megan Fox is a Loner?

Monday, July 28th, 2014

shutterstock_122257873Megan Fox has it all. The 28 year-old actress and model is currently starring in the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. She’s probably best known for her roles in some of the internationally popular Transformer movies. She’s also regularly featured among breathless media lists of the most beautiful women in the world.

The “sultry, exotic” movie star must be deliriously happy all the time being rich and famous, the center of attention, right?


James Garner: An Important Man

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

072114jamesgarnerWhen James Garner died last weekend, most of us were familiar with the lengthy, laudable entertainment career of the 86 year-old actor. It’s clear from his more than 50 films and unforgettable TV roles that Garner holds a prestigious place in the pantheon of Hollywood.

But perhaps even more noteworthy is the impact Garner’s had on many males and how they view themselves as boys and men. Mass media serves as critical building blocks of our culture’s gender role behaviors. In that arena, James Garner was more than an actor; he was an influential male role model.


SNL’s Brooks Wheelan: Talk It Out

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

brooks_wheelanTelevision’s Saturday Night Live is comedy’s premier prestigious launching pad into stratospheric show business success. The legendary list of movie superstars the show has produced is too luminously long to list here. To be included in SNL’s clever cast is to have your comedic resume branded with the gold standard, a future surely set with inestimable fame and fortune.

Unless you’re Brooks Wheelan. The 27 year-old comedian announced via Twitterthat he’s been fired from the show after only one uneventful season.

What’s the next step for a relative newcomer whose show biz dreams have been unexpectedly, unceremoniously shattered?


Justin Bieber: Is It Biological?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

shutterstock_171494870Last week, when Justin Bieber pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanor vandalism in his highly-publicized egg throwing barrage on a neighbor’s home earlier this year, it was the most recent of a rash of run-ins with the law for the 20 year-old Canadian singer-songwriter.

The precocious pop star’s growing rap sheet over the last two years, including charges of DUI, assault, and vandalism, has even casual observers wondering why.


Advice to Kanye West: Lean In

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

kanyeYou haven’t asked my advice, Kanye, but I’ll give it anyway. I like to help people.

You got yourself into another media maelstrom yesterday by allegedly suggesting that dealing with the paparazzi is like rape. Needless to say, you offended just about everyone in the process. Your comment was inexcusable; you know it.


Kanye West: The Only Perfectionist

Monday, July 7th, 2014

kanyewestIf you’re a fan of Kanye West, one adjective always seems to scream out in articles about the legendary hip hop artist and entrepreneur: perfectionist.

The 37 year-old West has also been labeled outspoken and controversial but there’s no arguing with his impact on culture worldwide by virtue of his status as one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Recently, the singer/songwriter/producer was again in the headlines following his glittering marriage to reality television personality Kim Kardashian. Curiously, the heated reports focused on the wedding photograph—West complained to the media his honeymoon was “ruined”: apparently four days were consumed by the couple painstakingly editing the “perfect wedding photo”.


La Beouf: Not Shy About Acting Out

Friday, July 4th, 2014

shiaLast week, when actor Shia La Beouf made headlines for his outrageous public behavior at a New York theater, it was no surprise to those who have followed the career of the 28 year-old actor.

La Beouf is probably best known for his leading role in the first three “Transformer” films. He rose to prominence as the title character in the Disney Channel series, “Even Stevens”.

His meteoric rise in Hollywood notwithstanding, La Beouf‘s name has emblazoned the headlines fairly regularly over the last few years. It hasn’t been with rave reviews; the gossip rags have routinely fed on his fairly obvious public disdain for rules and laws.


Psych Central Seeks New Blogger for ‘Celebrity Psychings’

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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Hello, sweet readers!

It’s with a bittersweet smile that I announce I’m resigning my role as writer for ‘Celebrity Psychings.’

With the help of Dr. John Grohol and Psych Central, I started ‘Celebrity Psychings’ in 2008 in hopes of using celebrity events as ways to educate readers, promote mental health advocacy, and eradicate the stigma of mental illness. Although not everyone appreciates the mixture of celebrity culture and mental health, I felt it presented a learning opportunity and used ‘Celebrity Psychings’ as such.

However, due to work and life changes, it’s become too difficult for me to give the blog the respectful attention it deserves, and rather than continue on and risk providing you with subpar posts, I’ve opted to bow out and pass the keyboard to a new writer.

Psych Central and I are now looking for a new blogger to fill the role. For more details and to apply for the position, please respond to careers@psychcentral.com with information such as:

  • Your blogging experience, including links to writing samples or your current blog.
  • Any experience you have in the mental health field, whether it’s professional experience or experience as a consumer or advocate.
  • Details on how you’d manage ‘Celebrity Psychings.’ For example, the blog isn’t meant to be used merely as a celebrity news outlet. What can YOU bring to the table?

Please put “Celebrity Psychings Blogger Position” in the subject field. Psych Central will contact potential candidates with further instructions.

Thanks so much for your readership and remember, you can still find me at Your Body, Your Mind and Psychology Around the Net every Saturday morning.


 

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