Religion ranks about as high on the “Oh, You’re Looking for a Debate?” list as politics, abortion, gun control, racism, and gay marriage. Still, after running into a few articles over the past week dealing with celebrities and religion, spirituality, or lack thereof, I started thinking about the role religion plays in mental health.
Earlier this month, U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske presented former Friends star Matthew Perry with the Champion of Recovery Award for “giving a voice to millions of Americans in recovery.”
How has the 43-year-old actor done that, you ask?
By being so vocal about his own addiction and recovery and supporting President Obama’s efforts to fight alcohol and drug abuse in America, to the White House’s way of thinking.
Specifically, his staunch support of America’s drug courts.
Yesterday, The New York Times published an opinion piece titled “My Medical Choice,” an article in which Angelina Jolie explained her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after she found out she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer.
The 37-year-old actress couldn’t have made the decision lightly, but after considering her mother’s battle with cancer and death at age 56; her BRCA1 gene; and undoubtedly her own family, Jolie opted for the mastectomy, essentially cutting her risk from 87% to 5%.
During the article, Jolie talks about her mother’s struggle with cancer and how most of her own children will never know their maternal grandmother as anyone other than “Mommy’s mommy.”
She paints a picture of trying to assure her children they have nothing to worry about, even though she knew she carried that “faulty” gene.
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…
We’re all pretty familiar with the “Did she? Did he? Oh, they definitely did!” of celebrity plastic surgery.
Face lifts, breast implants, nose jobs – for some, they seem like a Hollywood rite of passage.
Look fresher! Younger! Sexier!
However, one board-certified dermasurgeon, Dr. Eric Finzi, proposes a new use for Botox, one of the less-invasive cosmetic procedures that’s popular among everyone from housewives to Hollywood starlets.
That new use?
Helping depressed patients.
In light of the tragic suicide of former NFL linebacker and Hall of Famer Junior Seau, Dr. Teena Shetty and NFL All-Pro and nine-year veteran punter Greg Montgomery, Jr. spoke with Fox News last week about a possible depression epidemic in professional sports.
The two hot topics on the table?
Both the physical and the emotional impacts professional athletes endure.
Dr. Teena Shetty, a neurologist who also works with the New York Mets and the New York Giants, points out that without a clearly documented concussion history, we can’t make a real connection between any concussions Junior Seau had and the state of his mental health.
She does, however, point out that concussions to upset the chemical balance in the brain and that repeated disruptions “may lead to depression.”
Betcha can’t guess where I’m headed at this exact moment…
I’m on my way to see The Black Keys!
2012 is going to be pretty good year for me, as far as concerts go, which is A Really Good Thing considering 2011 was just okay (actually, it pretty much sucked except for finally getting to see my three favorite country stars: Randy Travis, Reba, and good ol’ Bucky Convington) compared to my 2010 of The Avett Brothers, The Black Crowes, Steve Miller Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Amos Lee, and of course Dave Matthews Band.
Which brings me to the real point of this post…
If you caught The Today Show yesterday, you might’ve seen actor/comedian Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, 50/50) promoting his new event, Hilarity for Charity.
During his Today Show appearance, Rogen cited his mother-in-law’s early-onset Alzheimer’s as one of the reasons he became involved in advocating awareness of and research for the disease – and, Hilarity for Charity is supposed to reach a younger audience and educate them about how, in one way or another, Alzheimer’s can affect us all.
Hilarity for Charity started as a message to my generation that it’s time to step up and realize that Alzheimer’s is not just an ‘old person’ disease, but something that will greatly affect all of us. Having a family member with Alzheimer’s disease has made me aware of the damage it does not only to the person who has been diagnosed, but to the caregivers, friends and family who surround the person. (Crowdrise/Hilarity for Charity)
The event is being held this Friday, January 13, 2012 and in addition to Rogen himself, will feature performances and appearances by Bruno Mars, Paul Rudd, DJ Pauly D, Tenacious D, Judd Apatow, and more.
If you’re like me (a moderate-to-severe workaholic), you don’t take nearly as many breaks as you should. So, when something as concrete as a national holiday rolls around, you take advantage of the expected downtime and give your body and brain a rest.
(Or, you force yourself to take a break because you know the rest of the country will look at you weird if you don’t.)
This July 4th, I promise, I am not working.
As it turns out, taking a much-needed break every now and then no only keeps people from thinking you’re pathetic, but it also gives your creativity a boost.
(Wonder if that’s why all those actors and musicians take vacation after vacation after vacation…)
On Monday, we voted on our favorite celebrity mental health moments of 2010.
Today, I thought we’d take a look at some of the top celebrity mental health advocates of 2010.
Different from moments, these advocates are celebrities who’ve – for one reason or another – devoted their time, effort, money, and/or passion to:
As much as I would’ve liked to present these celebrity mental health advocates in some sort of order, as I was compiling the list I realized there’s no way I can do that. Each one of them has dedicated an important part of his or her time to mental health advocacy, and you can’t “rank” that.
After the jump, find my pick for the top six celebrity mental health advocates of 2010 in no particular order.