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Summer Reading: Celebrity Psychings Edition

By Alicia Sparks


Happy Monday, dear readers!

As you read this, I am officially on vacation. That means no work — including Celebrity Psychings posts! :)

Don’t fret, though; I’ve compiled a list of some of this year’s most popular posts for you!

From getting tips on creating your own staycation and at-home spa to catching up on what’s happening with some famous names and their mental health issues or advocacy work, it’s all here.

Consider it a little summer reading or a chance to play catch-up if you’re kids are already back in school!

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Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan Airs Tonight

By Alicia Sparks


Just a quick heads up, sweet readers:

Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan airs tonight, and if you’re wondering what the 60-minute sit-down’s going to be like, here are just a few of the questions we see Oprah ask Lindsay in the preview:

  • “Are you an addict?
  • “Do you think you are addicted to chaos?”
  • “When you get the first DUI, is that a wake-up call?”
  • “What does it feel like to be both an adjective and a verb for ‘child star gone wrong’?”
  • “What do you know about yourself now that you wish you’d known six rehabs ago?”
  • “What’s going to be different this time?”

Clearly, Oprah’s not pussyfooting around. Unfortunately, we don’t get any sneak-peek answers from Lindsay.

(Sort of unrelated note: I always thought the point of Oprah’s Next Chapter was to interview folks about their next chapter; however, tells me the idea for the show came after Oprah “moved into the next chapter.” So…okay.)

Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST. Check OWN and your local network listings for details.

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Clean Up All the $&*!: Lessons From Jennifer Aniston

By Alicia Sparks

Jennifer Aniston Feb 2012

Want some good life advice from Jennifer Aniston?

It’s simple: Clean up all the s**t.

During an interview for September’s issue of Glamour, Aniston shares the advice she’d give herself in her thirties, if given the chance — and the now 44-year-old actress ain’t holdin’ back.

Getting in therapy, learning to choose happiness, getting rid of all the “noise” — it’s all there.

Thirties. Go to therapy. Clean up all of the s–t. Clean up all of the toxins and the noise. Understand who you are. Educate yourself on the self. You can undo a lot of things. If you’re not happy, you can become happy. Happiness is a choice. That’s the thing I really feel. Like with friends who refuse to get happy, who refuse to rise above the discomfort of where they’re at.

As a 31-year-old woman, I strongly relate to this advice. Some people might think a person’s twenties would be a good time to learn these lessons, but really, in our twenties, I feel like we’re still sort of kicking and scratching around, trying to find ourselves or at least get some idea of who we want to be — then, in our thirties, we start working on becoming that person.

Jennifer Aniston: “I Think a Good Relationship Is About Collaboration”

Along the way, though, we’re exposed to a lot of crap. Our twenties is a time to try new things, learn new things, loathe new things. Make awesome choices, make not-so-awesome choices, and, eventually, learn from it all.

Jennifer Aniston On Bikinis, Relationships, & Living Life

Don’t get me wrong: I understand some people get married and start families in their twenties. I’m not discounting those folks, at all. I have friends my age who are married with two or three children. I have single-parent friends.

We all walk different paths; that doesn’t mean we don’t all go through the first several years after high school and college learning about life and what we want from it.

Glamour‘s September issue hit stands August 6. Want the full interview now? You can download a copy to your tablet today at

Think back to who you were 10, 20, or 30 years ago. What advice would you give yourself, if given the chance?

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Weekend Listening: New Glen Campbell Album, “See You There”

By Alicia Sparks

See You There

It’s been a busy couple of years for country music legend Glen Campbell.

Shortly after revealing his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, the 77-year-old “Rhinestone Cowboy” crooner announced his farewell tour and final album, Ghost On the Canvas.

One year later in July 2012, Campbell wrapped up the tour and released a farewell video for his song “A Better Place.”

Oh, but we haven’t heard the last of Glen Campbell.

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The Face of Mental Illness: Celebrity Edition

By Alicia Sparks

Gray Face

Ooooh, I woudn’t want to be in Brian Williams’s shoes right now.

Of course, there’d be a lot of room, given he seems to have shoved BOTH his feet in his mouth last Thursday.

During what’s probably been the most stigmatizing statement I’ve heard all year, Williams announced that Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who held three women captive for a decade, was “arguably the face of mental illness.”

Let’s paint that picture again, just for good measure:

Brian Williams told America that Ariel Castro, a man who kidnapped three women and held them captive, raped them, and beat them for 10 years, was “arguably the face of mental illness.”

Not just the fact, but arguably the face.

I mean, wow.

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POLL: Religion, Spirituality, and Your Mental Health Care

By Alicia Sparks

Fishers of Men

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.

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Gwyneth Paltrow On Sex Addiction and “Thanks for Sharing”

By Alicia Sparks


Gwyneth Paltrow is dipping her acting toes in the addiction pool once again, film lovers.

The Country Strong actress stars in the upcoming Thanks for Sharing, a film about three people who are undergoing a 12-step program for sex addiction.

However, this time around Paltrow doesn’t play the addict like she did in Country Strong; instead, she plays Phoebe, a woman who becomes romantically involved with Adam (Mark Ruffalo), a sex addict.

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3 Lessons My Sister and I (and Dave Matthews Band) Can Teach You

By Alicia Sparks
Copyright: Alicia Sparks. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright: Alicia Sparks. All Rights Reserved.

As you read this, I am en route to Charlotte, NC for my second Dave Matthews Band show of 2013.

My sister Megan and I try to hit up two or three shows a year, and our first one was last Friday in Cincinnati.

We were on the road as early as possible and even though she’d worked all night (she’s a nurse), she didn’t pass out and get a few hours sleep like I’d hoped.

She said she was too anxious.

Later that evening, I found out why.

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Staycation Time! Create Your Own Spa Day at Home

By Alicia Sparks

Tori Spelling

Want to relax and recharge this weekend, but don’t want to spend the money on a mini getaway or a weekend spa?

Earlier this month, Tori Spelling talked about her love of staycations and shared her recipe for a homemade body scrub.

(Honestly, it’s an awesome recipe, and gives me another use for my fledgling herb garden–though you don’t have to have an herb garden to make it work.)

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Drug Abuse and Alcoholism: Painting the Face of Addiction

By Alicia Sparks


(UPDATE July 16, 2013: Cory Monteith’s official cause of death was a drug overdose of heroin and alcohol, according to the British Columbia Coroners Service.)


Cory Monteith, one of the stars of the Emmy award-winning musical comedy-drama Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room over the weekend.

Some news sources have reported drug overdose as the suspected cause of death, but thus far police have confirmed only that they don’t believe foul play was involved.

An autopsy is scheduled for today (Monday, July 15, 2013), after which the coroner will be closer to establishing an official cause of death.

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