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Jared Padalecki’s Open Battle with Depression

Supernatural is a show with one of the biggest cult followings in history with fans that are notoriously supportive and protective of its stars, including Jared Padalecki. In recent months, the actor has opened up about his struggle with depression and, in the past week, fans saw first hand how much he continues to be affected.

Cancelled Appearances

The former Gilmore Girls heartthrob abruptly canceled some planned appearances and took to Twitter last Friday to make the announcement. He first wrote: "Dear #JIBCON and #AHBL6. I am in desperate and urgent need of my family. I am so sorry to tell you this but I must head home."

He followed up by saying, to fans: "I need all of the love I can get right now. Please please give me a few seconds of your time and write me. #AlwaysKeepFighting."

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Taylor Swift Talks “Worst Fear” While Comforting Fan

While Mother’s Day is a festive occasion for many, it’s also painful for those who cannot celebrate with that special woman in their life. It’s easier to accept when the lack of closeness is because of distance or a scheduling issue but it can be heartbreaking for those who have lost their mothers.

A young woman took to Taylor Swift’s Tumblr on Sunday and wrote: "I can't spend this day with my mom because she's in heaven. Last January, my mom passed away and a piece of my heart left with her. My mom was my best friend, the one I laughed with, the one I cried with, and the one I loved with my whole heart." She credited Swift’s music for helping her out of a “sad place” while enduring “the hardest thing in the world.” The fan added: "Today's going to be another hard day, but I know with you on my side I can get through anything."

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Pink Once Again Takes on Body Shaming “Bullies”

Pink, has always been known for her incredibly toned body, even after giving birth to her daughter, Willow. She’s so fit, in fact, that she has worked acrobatics into her live performances and has even sung to the crowd hanging high above the crowd. Last month, she attended a charitable event and the photos from the red carpet led to comments about her weight gain.

Twitter Response
At the time, she took to Twitter to address the situation explaining: “While I admit that the dress didn’t photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful. So, my good and concerned peoples, please don’t worry about [me]. I’m not worried about me. And I’m not worried about you either :) … I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off. Thanks for your concern. Love, cheesecake.”

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Tiger Woods Losing Sleep and Mental Focus

Golf pro, Tiger Woods, has revealed that he’s been having trouble sleeping lately and most of us can relate. When stress and emotional turmoil take residence in our bodies, one of the first things that we sacrifice is sleep. That’s not to say it’s a choice or intentional (although, some of our behaviors during those times can certainly be seen as counterproductive) but nights of tossing and turning are not uncommon. They can, however, be terribly disruptive to our lives.

Sad Anniversary
Woods was very close to his father, Earl Woods, who died on May 3, 2006. The talented man served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a US Army infantry officer and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He also played college-level baseball and went on to introduce Tiger to golf at a very young age. When it was clear that his son possessed exceptional skill, he coached him exclusively at the beginning of his career.

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Sawyer Sweeten’s Mother Pays Tribute After Suicide

It has already been more than a week since former child actor, Sawyer Sweeten, took his own life. Over the weekend, approximately 200 of the 19-year-old’s friends and family gathered to say goodbye to the young man many referred to lovingly as “Bubs.”

His twin brother, Sullivan, with whom he starred on Everybody Loves Raymond, served as one of his pallbearers and one can only imagine how painful it was for him to help load that coffin into the hearse trailer (which was attached to a motorcycle in a nod to Sawyer’s love for Harley-Davidson) when the service was over.

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Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus Release Memoir of Emotional Survival

It is hard for most of us to imagine how difficult it would be to have our freedom taken away from us for a few hours but it’s downright impossible for us to know how horrible it would be to be held captive for a decade. Two women who have lived through that nightmare are now sharing their experience and how they managed to hold on to hope for so many long years.

Kidnapped as teenagers, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped captivity just two short years ago and now they have released the book, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland. Berry and DeJesus, kidnapped at 17 and 14, respectively, were repeatedly raped, physically and emotionally abused during the 10 years they were imprisoned in the home of Ariel Castro.

"He Was Always Watching"

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Andrea Yates 14 Years Later – Should She Be Free?

Most of us can remember the shock we felt in June 2001 when the story of Andrea Yates surfaced. The mother of five waited for her husband, Rusty, to leave for work and then one by one, she drowned Noah, John, Paul, Luke and Mary in their family bathtub. She confessed to the crime and, arguing that she suffered from postpartum psychosis, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Trial and Aftermath

After a grueling trial, a jury found her guilty of capital murder but it was later shown that the psychiatrist in the case had provided inaccurate testimony. A Texas appeals court retried Andrea in 2006 and, this time, she was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Rather than be released to the public, she is currently being held in a hospital.

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The (Somewhat) Forgotten Kardashian: Rob’s Hidden Pain

It seems as though we cannot make it through a single day without some news about the Kardashian family. Whether it's about Kim's fashion, Bruce Jenner's transition or extended family member, Kanye West's, antics, something is always going on. One person who is rarely mentioned, however, is Rob Kardashian, despite the fact that there are plenty of signs that things are not going well in his life.

Recently, US Weekly reported that the family matriarch, Kris Jenner, told the family that she's learned that Rob is spending a lot of money and never leaves his house. She went so far as to say: "I feel like if I don't help him do something drastic that he's going to die." Rob has also apparently gained 100 pounds and has missed major family events including Christmas and his sister's wedding.

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Zoe Kravitz Drew From Past Eating Disorder for New Role

Zoe Kravitz, the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, is just starting to make a name for herself in Hollywood but people shouldn't assume that her talented pedigree has prevented her from struggling in life.  In fact, she relied on some of her darker times as she prepared to take on the role of a woman battling anorexia in the independent film, The Road Within.

The 26-year-old actress explained: "I struggled with an eating disorder in high school and into my early 20s. That's part of what actually attracted me to the role; I think it's really important to talk about body image and the struggles a lot of women have with food—especially in the entertainment industry. I related to her in a lot of ways."

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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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