Archives for December, 2008

Celebrities

Lohan To Spears: YAY For You!


My heart goes out to celebrities who have to endure public scrutiny and ridicule as they go through situations that would have many of us regular folk cringing at the thought of just our neighbors getting a whiff of it (can you imagine the entire world?).

Yeah, I know, some people are of the opinion that if celebrities put themselves out there (and they do, whether they want to or not - make any really...
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Psychology Professor Uses Movies To Bust Stigma


Ooh, guess what I just read.

Tamara Daily, a professor of psychology at Mount Union College in Ohio, has created a new class called "Movies and Madness." According to , the class:

examines society’s attitudes about mental illness and challenges misconceptions fostered by TV and movies.

Daily hopes the class will help educate students about and bust the stigma of mental illness that so many movies and television shows help foster with their often...
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Celebrity Or Not: Suicide Warning Signs To Look For


"It's beyond me." - Michael Costelloe, father.

"Everyone's completely in shock I saw him three weeks ago when he stopped by, and he seemed to be in good spirits." - Matt Dwyer, former colleague.

"I was shocked when I heard, and it still hasn't really sunk in I never detected anything really troubling about him." - Joseph Gannascoli, former fellow Sopranos actor and friend.

By now you've probably heard about former Sopranos actor John Costelloe's...
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Addiction, Illness, And Suicide: Why Treat Celebrities Differently?


I just read an inspiring letter to the editor from the Tennessean reader Sheila A. Hobson.

In short, Sheila wrote the letter to commend Beverly Keel's (a celebrity columnist for the Tennessean) decision to stop reporting news about country music star Mindy McCready (news related to her struggles with problems like drug and alcohol abuse and reported suicide attempts), and make a few very valid points to other readers (and Americans) regarding the public's responses...
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Yea Or Nay: Weekly Round Up At Celebrity Psychings?


Back when I wrote Mental Health Notes, I used to do a weekly feature called "Saturday Sanity." Basically, it was a round up of all the interesting mental health goings-on that I ran into each week but didn't have the time to dedicate an entire post to.

I don't know if I'll start something similar here at Celebrity Psychings, but I did think today - Christmas Eve - would be a good time to share...
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Sir Ian McKellen To Step Into Walter’s Shoes Again


After a break lasting more than two decades from the role, Sir Ian McKellen is going to fill the shoes of Walter again (the role he played in the 1982 production of the same name) for Walter Now, the radio sequel to both Walter and Walter and June.

From what I gather, Walter Now picks up years later, after Walter struggled with learning disabilities and spent years in a psychiatric hospital. Walter...
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Tony Curtis: Questions His Sanity, Not His Morality


Tony Curtis (Some Like It Hot, father of Jaime Lee - yeah, yeah, I know - like Tony Curtis needs an introduction) is another celeb with a tell-all memoir to recently hit shelves.

From what I gather, American Prince houses Curtis's narrative on his womanizing ways, his battles with drug abuse, the ups and downs of Hollywood, and the personal tragedies he's suffered behind the scenes.

Of interest to my little corner of the Internet is...
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Why Carrie Fisher Became A Spokeswoman For Bipolar Disorder


In light of the release of Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher's new memoir, Newsweek published excerpts of an interview with the actress/script doctor/bipolar disorder spokeswoman late last week.

Especially of interest is Fisher's answer when interviewer Ramin Setoodeh asks her about her decision to advocate for bipolar disorder awareness. Fisher tosses in a few intriguing exchanges between herself and her doctors, but really sounds the horns when she calls out insurance companies and their...
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America’s Heroes Putting PTSD Under The Spotlight


Iraq war veteran Kyle Van Tassel has been making headlines for about the past month and a half.

Just to catch you up, back in November the 28-year-old - dressed in cammies and toting an American flag - caused a pretty big traffic jam and police standoff when he positioned himself on the La Cumbre Road Highway 101 overpass (in Santa Barbara) and started waving an unloaded gun and yelling about what war veterans...
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The Soloist: Foxx And Downey, Jr. Tackle Schizophrenia And Media Responsibility


From A Beautiful Mind to Canvas, schizophrenia has been getting quite a bit of screen time over the last decade.

It's going to get some more in April 2009, when Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. start blowin' minds and takin' names (not to mention rack up a heap of awards nominations, I expect) with the release of The Soloist.

The Soloist is not only the movie adaptation of the book of the...
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