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Depression and Suicidal Thoughts, but Harry Potter Saved Her Life

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Potter Books

I follow a lot of Harry Potter-related social media accounts and websites because, well, I’m obsessed.

I have multiple versions of the books and copies of the school books in the series; I’ve dressed up for movie premiers; and I have quality lightening bolt jewelry.


Weekend Reading: Mariel Hemingway Is “Running From Crazy”

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Running From Crazy Poster

Mariel Hemingway is sharing her life-long struggles with mental illness, drug addiction, and family suicide (seven relatives — including one of the most influential writers in American history, her grandfather Ernest Hemingway — have committed suicide) in her new documentary, Running from Crazy.

The 51-year-old model and actress teamed up with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA; American Dream) to create a film that “places an emphasis on suicide awareness and the importance of mental health evaluations” and one that, the two hope, “offers hope for people living with mental illness by showing that they are not alone in their struggles.”


Enter to Win: ‘The Face of Emotion’ Book Giveaway!

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Face of Emotion

Happy Friday, readers!

If you’ve visited Celebrity Psychings any in the past few days, you’ve seen that Dr. Eric Finzi’s guest post has ran at the top of the blog since Monday.

Finzi, a board-certified dermasurgeon, proposes that in addition to its physical benefits, Botox might also provide mental benefits; specifically, Botox could act as a treatment for depression.

Change your facial expressions, change your mood?

Wild, I know.

He explains it all in his new book, The Face of Emotion: How Botox Affects Our Moods and Relationships, but gives Celebrity Psychings readers a quick summary with his guest post.

So, if you haven’t had a chance to check it out Face of Emotion: Dr. Eric Finzi On How Botox Affects Moods, Feelings, head on over there — but NOT until you’ve…


Weekend Reading: Dr. George Drinka Tackles the Role of Media in Health

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Happy Friday, readers!

If you have children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews, you might be especially interested in what Dr. George Drinka has to say about the role media plays in today’s family dynamic, and, how it’s affecting our children’s health.

Dr. Drinka, a child psychiatrist who’s on the clinical faculty of the Oregon Health Sciences University and has a private practice in Portland, is the author of the upcoming When the Media Is the Parent, a book geared toward educating parents about the role media plays in our children’s lives.


Weekend Reading: Rod Stewart On Missing Woodstock

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Rod Stewart released his autobiography last month and, according to Jim Farber with NY Daily News (“Those looking for introspection or melancholy should quickly pass this by in favor of the far more lacerating and vulnerable bio just penned by Pete Townshend”), you might enjoy it if you’re looking for something a little on the lighthearted side.

Rod: The Autobiography (which, for some reason I think is an awesome title) spans everything from personal life trials and triumphs, including his marriages and divorces, as well as professional events like transitioning from working with the Jeff Beck Group to being a solo artist.

Days before the autobiography hit shelves, Rolling Stone published an excerpt that blends both the personal and professional…

…and reminds us that we’re all susceptible to facepalm moments.


Weekend Reading: Joseph Burgo, Ph.D Explains Our Defense Mechanisms

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Another one of Psych Central’s own mental health bloggers has penned a masterpiece!

(Okay, maaaaaybe I’m just a little biased :) )

Psychotherapist and author Joseph Burgo, Ph.D, of Psych Central’s Therapy Case Notes and his own After Psychotherapy, releases his new book Why Do I Do That? Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives, this Monday (October 29, 2012).

Why Do I Do That? draws on Burgo’s 30+ years of experience to help readers better understand – and manage – their defense mechanisms. Relationships, self-esteem, emotional life, expectations – Burgo covers it all.

I’ve nabbed a copy of the official press release below.


Neil Young On Sobriety: “It’s Just A Different Perspective”

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Even though he once said he’d never write one, Neil Young has a memoir coming out next week…

…and he’s quit drugs.

The 66-year-old singer-songwriter recently sat down with David Carr of The New York Times to talk about his new autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, and his year-long sobriety.

(Of course, that’s just the condensed version; there’s a little more to the story – like the time he was arrested on drug charges with Eric Clapton and Stephen Stills, and the time he partied with Charles Manson).


Weekend Reading: Excerpt From Mitch Winehouse Book, “Amy, My Daughter”

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Late last month, HarperCollins and Mitch Winehouse, father of the late English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, released “Amy, My Daughter.”

Amy, My Daughter” chronicles the life of the 27-year-old talent, from her childhood to her untimely death from alcohol poisoning – all from the point of view of a loving, grieving,and proud father.

Thanks to Rolling Stone, we can check out an excerpt from Amy, My Daughter.”

The following bit highlights some of the professional and creative processes that went into creating Back to Black,” Winehouse’s second studio album, and quite possibly the post popular with hits like “Back to Black,” “You Know I’m No Good” and “Rehab”:

It was fascinating to watch her: she was very much in control, and she was a perfectionist, redoing phrases and even words to the nth degree. When she wanted to listen to what she’d sung, she’d get them to put it on a CD, then play it in my taxi outside, because she wanted to know how most people would hear her music, which would not be through professional studio systems. In the end, Back to Black was made in just five months.


Weekend Reading: Have Your Pick From 20 Creative Minds At Work

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Looks like I’m in for not just a rainy, but a thunderstorm-y weekend, readers.

One of my favorite things to do when it’s dark and stormy out is curl up with a good book.

Unfortunately, the book I have to curl up with isn’t all that good, but I’m two-thirds finished with it and, well, I’m committed. I have to turn the last page.

(Plus, leaving a book unfinished is just unnatural to me.)

YOU, however, can fill your weekend with something a little more inspiring!

Just a couple of weeks ago, Gimundo compiled a list of 20 memoirs and biographies that highlight creative minds.


Weekend Reading: Before The World Intruded

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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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