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Mariel Hemingway Discusses Personal Triumph Over Family History of Depression

Ernest Hemingway enjoyed incredible success in his lifetime. The talented writer penned The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms, three of the most respected pieces of literature in history. Unfortunately, his personal life was an entirely different story. He was married four times, survived two successive plane crashes and lived with chronic pain.

Many people overcome adversity in their lives but much of that depends on their coping strategies and support system. Hemingway, a heavy drinker, slipped into a depressive state in the last years of his life and was even treated with electroconvulsive therapy at the Mayo Clinic multiple times. Within months of his last treatment, he committed suicide by way of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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“Shark Tank” Star Robert Herjavec Contemplated Suicide After Divorce

If you’ve ever seen Shark Tank (or Dragon’s Den in his native Canada), you probably have noticed that Robert Herjavec is usually a pretty upbeat and positive guy - especially in comparison with the other “sharks” on the panel. He often talks about his family which is probably why he struggled so much after getting divorced.

Recently, Herjavec explained to Good Morning America that 2014 was an extremely challenging year in his life. The 51-year-old split from his wife of 24 years, Diane, and, in the months that followed, found it hard to cope with life. He said that he got to a point where he felt like there was no tomorrow to look forward to and contemplated suicide.

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How Avril Lavigne Has Coped with “Depressing” Lyme Disease Recovery

A few months ago, Avril Lavigne tweeted about a health crisis and left her fans wondering if she was going to be okay. Now, we have an idea of what was going on to make her seem so downtrodden. The singer has revealed that she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Onset of Illness

Lavigne doesn’t know when or how she was bitten by a tick but she is now very familiar with the consequences. Typically, symptoms begin around two weeks after infection and, in her case, Lavigne was traveling between Asia and South America for her world tour when she started feeling sick. She remembers feeling feverish and sweaty upon waking up in the middle of the night last April. Since she had been performing so much, she figured she was coming down with the flu or dealing with exhaustion. It wasn’t until after her last show in September that she had to admit something was seriously wrong. While trying to celebrate her 30th birthday, she found that she couldn’t muster enough energy to party with her friends in Las Vegas.

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After Dark Times, Britney Spears is “Happiest” She’s Ever Been

For almost a decade, Britney Spears’ struggles have been well-documented. She went from being the girl who had everything to someone who had really hit rock bottom. Rather than giving up, she and her family have rallied to put her life back together when it really seemed like all was lost. How did she go from being stripped of custody of her two sons while being held in a psychiatric hospital to, as she describes it, being the “happiest” she’s ever been? Let’s take a look at her journey.

Sexualized Beginnings

When Britney Spears burst onto the music scene with “...Baby One More Time” she was just a teenager. From that point forward, there was no stopping her rise to fame but many were concerned by the highly sexualized way she was marketed along with claims that she was a virgin. For a while, Spears went along with the story and even claimed that her long-time boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, had been her only lover but, eventually, she and her mother had to tell the truth - Spears was 13 when she started drinking and she lost her virginity just a year later. It was the first of many things that would turn out to be untrue about the young star’s life and, soon, the charade took a toll on her.

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Michelle Rodriguez Reveals Dark Days Following Paul Walker’s Death

Every person experiences grief differently. When actor, Paul Walker, died on November 30, 2013 in a car crash all of his fans were left completely stunned (myself included!) but the close-knit cast from all of the Fast and Furious films had the hardest time.

After six movies together, they had created a family-type bond and many of them really struggled in the months that followed. Michelle Rodriguez has revealed that, as she mourned, she engaged in behaviors that were destructive.

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress explained: “I actually went on a bit of a binge. I went pretty crazy. A lot of the stuff I did last year I would never do had I been in my right mind.”

Part of her struggle was that she considered Paul “the deepest guy” she knew and felt a special connection with him as a result. She went on to say: “I could see Paul once every two years and just know there was another human on the planet who’s deep like me, who loves like that. When that disappears, you wonder, ‘Wait a minute, what do I hold on to?’ There was nothing to tether me to this existence: ‘Why am I f—king here? And, like, why’d you leave without me?’”

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Jon Hamm Has Completed Rehab for Alcoholism

AMC’s hit show, Mad Men, returns next month and, as the series prepares for the end of its seven season run, one of the stars has also been working on his own personal transition.

It was just revealed that Jon Hamm privately entered a rehab program for alcohol abuse. He checked in to Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut at the end of February and completed his treatment this past week.

One of his representatives stated: "With the support of his longtime partner, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction. They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward."

Of course, to fans of the show, this almost feels a bit like life imitating art. Hamm portrays Don Draper on Mad Men, a character known for his unhealthy relationships with women, cigarettes and alcohol. In the past, the 44-year-old actor talked about how his own life compares to Draper and, unsurprisingly, there were some parallels.

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Why the Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder on “Empire” is So Important

The finale of FOX’s hit new show, Empire, aired this week and it was an ending fitting of such an explosive premiere season. If you are planning to watch the show and would rather avoid spoilers, I encourage you to navigate away from this article before I go any further.

The series follows a fractured (but, somehow, very connected and loving) family comprised of a rapper turned music mogul, his incredibly outspoken and talented ex-wife and their three sons, all of whom were very young when their mother began her 17-year stint in prison for selling drugs to fund the creation of their record label.

The youngest son, Hakeem, was just a baby when everything went wrong and didn’t remember his mother and clearly has some anger surrounding this issue. The middle son, Jamal, struggles to deal with being homosexual in the African-American community. The oldest son, Andre, for a long time, seems to be the only one who has it together. He has a committed wife, impressive education and good command over his role at the family business - and then we gradually begin to realize that things are not as easy as they seem.

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John Mayer: “I Would Have Rather Killed Myself Than Been Killed”

Being just a few months younger than him, I’m a huge John Mayer fan. I love his music and I feel like his style is always evolving. What always struck me most was the honesty of his lyrics and how he was able to tap into how our generation must be feeling at a particular stage in life. This fascination with him began many years ago, long before his casual dating and sometimes cavalier attitude gained him a reputation.

Good looking and successful, it was hardly surprising to most when Mayer started playing the field and spending time with some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. From Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jennifer Aniston to Katy Perry, his most recent love connection, the singer has been accused of womanizing and failing to commit. Some defended his actions but took offense after a particularly noteworthy interview was published.

Interview Gone Wrong

He spoke with Playboy magazine in 2010 and, during the discussion, he revealed a little too much about the 10 months he spent dating Jessica Simpson in 2006. He described his former flame as “a drug” and then went on to refer to their relationship as “sexual napalm.” Many felt that it was completely insensitive and demonstrative of his lack of respect for women.

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“Teen Mom” Star, Tyler Baltierra, Recounts Suicide Attempt

When Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra first appeared on reality television, they were preparing to give their now 5-year-old daughter, Carly, up for adoption. The young couple managed to stay together and now have a 2-month-old baby girl named Novalee.

Although, they shared, in often painstaking detail, the challenges they have faced in their young lives, one significant event didn’t make it to publication. Baltierra, who is now 23 years old, wasn’t ready to talk about his battle with depression and the devastating moment when he almost ended his life.

In a recent interview, he revealed that, when he was just 12 years old, he attempted suicide. The downward spiral began when the Michigan native was sexually abused three years earlier. He said that he went to “a dark place” after his father went back to prison.

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Michelle Duggar Opens Up About Struggle With Bulimia

Michelle Duggar is usually busy talking about her expansive family on 19 Kids and Counting but the story garnering attention right now is about her own struggle with bulimia as a teenager. The surprising revelation was disclosed in Growing Up Duggar, a new book written by the family’s oldest daughters, Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger.

The collection of stories chosen include the unfortunate circumstances to led their mother to develop an eating disorder in her youth. She recounts having been envious of another girl who was controlling her weight in a way that ended up being very destructive.  Not realizing the danger, Michelle began adopting similar habits.

During her high school years, the family’s matriarch had been a gymnast and cheerleader but struggled to maintain, what she deemed, a desirable figure. At just 14 years old, she had already developed an obsession with staying thin that took over her life.
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