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Weekend Reading: Elisha Goldstein Releases “The Now Effect”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Psych Central’s very own Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. (Mindfulness and Psychotherapy) released a new book a couple of days ago: The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change The Rest Of Your Life.

Dr. Goldstein advocates an approach to mental health that considers all areas of health – mental, emotional, physical, and even spiritual. He promotes mindfulness as a way we can do away with anxiety and negativity and achieve self-acceptance, inner peace, and ultimately freedom.

I was able to talk with Dr. Goldstein about mindfulness and how this practice can help us get to the space of awareness he calls “The Now Effect.”


Weekend Reading: The Fix Releases New Courtney Love Tell-All

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Got a few bucks and nothing else to do this weekend?

You might want to check out the new Courtney Love tell-all, Courtney Comes Clean.

Courtney Comes Clean isn’t your traditional celebrity biography.

The first in what will be a monthly series of addiction-related topics called “The Quick Fix Series,” Courtney Comes Clean was constructed from a series of interviews that took place over a one-year period with TheFix.com’s Editor-in-Chief Maer Roshan.

After a variety of media outlets picked up on the story, Sterling (a division of Barnes & Noble) decided to turn the interview into an e-book – one that, according to TheFix.com, provides “a rare look into the manic mind of a musical icon, a grieving mother, and a struggling addict.”

Roshan uncovers a trove of never-revealed information, including previously-sealed depositions from Frances Bean Cobain, a rare interview with Love’s mother, and details about her upcoming plans to auction off Kurt Cobain’s estate.


Weekend Reading: Karen Gravano Releases Mafia Memoir

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

“A lot of people glamorize this lifestyle, and only choose to look at the glitz and the glory, but the cold reality of this world is murder, and that is not something people think about when they romanticize the Mafia. Looking back, families of the Mafia pay the consequences for actions they had no part it.” – Karen Gravano

Karen Gravano’s long-anticipated memoir, Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and Me! is to the bookshelf what “Mob Wives” is to television: A scandalous, voyeuristic glimpse into a notorious lifestyle so guarded, it may as well be fiction to most of us.

The thing is, it’s not fiction, and Karen Gravano – along with her mother and brother – certainly have paid the consequences for Sammy’s actions. They lost homes, friends, and even family members over the lifestyle that Sammy chose to lead…

…and eventually turn his back on.


Model Carre Otis Talks Dysfunction, Intimacy, And Sexuality

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Remember last Friday when I told you to stay tuned for more Carre Otis goodness?

Well, it’s here, sweet readers!

First, Otis has written a guest post, Healing Sexual Intimacy, for Michele Rosenthal‘s Your Life After Trauma. The aptly titled article discusses Otis’s experiences with sexual dysfunction and provides five steps or methods Otis has used to overcome her intimacy issues and become more present and comfortable with her sexuality.

The post went live this morning and you can head over there right now to check it out.


Weekend Reading: Carre Otis: “Beauty, Disrupted: A Memoir”

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

This week’s “Weekend Reading” comes to us from Michele Rosenthal, creator of the award-winning Heal My PTSD and host of Seaview Radio’s Your Life After Trauma.

You might remember Michele from the fantastic interview she gave Celebrity Psychings a few years ago regarding PTSD in entertainment media – including Kevin McKidd‘s role as Owen Hunt on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Aaaaand, you might remember Carre Otis from Guess and Calvin Klein ads –

- or Playboy and Sports Illustrated, depending on what you’re into.

After battling a troubled marriage to Mickey Rourke, drug abuse, and an eating disorder, the super model and actress spent some time regaining balance and serenity. She chronicles it all in her tell-all Beauty, Disrupted: A Memoir, which she released back in October 2011.

So, why does Michele think we should give it a shot?


Weekend Reading: Get To Know The DBSA Celebrity Authors

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Earlier this week, I introduced you to the new DBSA Celebrity Honorary Advisory Board.

Several of the board members are award-winning authors, and while I haven’t had the chance to check out any of their books yet, fellow Psych Central blogger Margarita Tartakovsky of Weightless has read Kay Redfield Jamison’s and Marya Hornbacher’s memoirs and enjoyed them both.

So, I thought now would be a great time to get to know these DBSA celebrity authors a little better and maybe check out their works!


Weekend Reading: Teen Launches ‘Make It Safe’ Book Project

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Here’s the kind of story that’ll make you wonder what YOU spent your early teen years doing.

Just a couple of years after she came out, 14-year-old Amelia Roskin-Frazeel launched The Make It Safe Project, a book project that works to donate books about sexual orientation to K-12 schools and youth homeless shelters.

From the website:

Many young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens only hear the word “gay” when it is used to mean “bad,” as in the phrase, “That’s so gay.” Schools rarely have books about being LGBT and most health curricula overlook LGBT relationships, sending a message to their LGBT students that they are not worth as much as their straight peers. As a result, startling numbers of LGBT teens have been bullied to the point where they have taken their own lives.


Free DBSA Webinar: Enhance Wellbeing During Holidays

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is all about chatting it up, lately.

The same organization that brought you the free telechat with athlete-turned-advocate All-Pro NFL punter Greg Montgomery last week is bringing you a free webinar on beating holiday stress in a couple of weeks, on Monday, December 12, 2011.

I’m telling you about it now because the webinar is limited to 100 seats, so time is of the essence if you want in on this.


Weekend Reading: Male Librarian Pin-Up Calendar

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Have you heard of the “Men of the Stacks” project yet?

Okay, okay, okay – so it’s not actually reading. Still! It’s a calendar of librarians! That totally fits the theme of “Weekend Reading,” right?

The “Men of the Stacks” project – which, on the surface, is a pin-up calendar of male librarians – was conceived a few years ago after the release of a couple of other librarian-themed calendars.

“Where are all the men?” those who are now dubbing themselves the Men of the Stacks asked.

They answered their own question by creating a 2012 calendar featuring 12 real life male librarians.


Near-Suicide Stories Can Help Others Reach Out

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

My good friend Michael Corbin recently shared this story of near suicide with me, and I’d like to share it with you.

(If Michael’s name sounds familiar, it is; I’ve talked about him a lot here at Celebrity Psychings, as he’s the mastermind behind the nonprofit organization everyminute.org and currently working with “Touchdown Tommy” Edwards and his The Heart of Virginia Foundation.)

The idea behind sharing such a story is that others who are contemplating suicide might read the story (or, hear it, depending on the venue) and be touched in some positive way. The Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) program even dedicates a section of its website to sharing stories about suicide.

Please note that, for some, stories of suicidal thoughts, plans, or actual attempts act as suicide triggers. Please consider such a possibility before clicking the link.


 
 

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