Archives for March, 2010

Bipolar Disorder: Separating the Trends from the Types


Daily Mail writer John Naish asked, Is celebrity soul-bearing spreading depression? yesterday, and upon diving into the article, I expected to gain some more insight about the effects celebrity candidness about mental illness is having on the public's perception -- and opinion -- of mental illness (think "'I want to be bipolar' ... a new phenomenon”, the research Dr. Diana Chan and Dr. Lester Sireling published in the most recent issue of The Psychiatrist).

Overall I did: Naish references the...
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Register Now for the Change A Mind, Change A Life Event With Glenn Close


Is it just me, or do we talk about Glenn Close a lot here at Celebrity Psychings?

Fortunately, it's not because I just happen to be a Close fan (not that that'd be a bad thing); rather, it's because the actress seems to be doing something related to mental health advocacy every time we turn around.

Close's latest mental health awareness and advocacy event is the upcoming anti-stigma campaign Change A Mind, Change A Life...
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Ivanka Trump's Accused (or Self-Proclaimed?) Stalker Arrested




27-year-old Justin Massler, author of the Ivanka Trump Fan Blog, was arrested last Thursday for stalking Ivanka Trump, the 28-year-old host of Celebrity Apprentice and daughter of gabazillionaire Donald Trump.

Nothing I've read so far has given any concrete details about Massler's stalking behavior -- just that he ran the Ivanka Trump Fan Blog, lived in New York and was arrested in Nevada (on a New York warrant) while visiting his mother, Randee Massler, who claims Massler is "sick"...
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Heidi Montag Speaks Out On A Different Kind Of Plastic


So, you all might remember the shock waves Heidi Montag's recent plastic surgery fest set in motion among her friends, fans, and the general public who could neither wrap their brains around having so many procedures done in one day nor understand why she felt she needed plastic surgery in the first place.

Now, the reality star is poking fun at herself in a new Funny or Die video -- a sort of mock...
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Glenn Close Has Genome Mapped, Works to Move Science Forward


In an effort to help move science forward, award-winning actress and mental health advocate Glenn Close recently had her genome mapped.

Close, who has a history of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in her family and who just last year helped launch the nonprofit mental health organization Bring Change 2 Mind, has a personal investment in such scientific advancement that goes beyond just an interest in mental health.
"For me, anything that can move the science...
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Leaving The Past Behind: Lessons From Lady Gaga


"The World According to Gaga," a recent T Magazine interview with -- surprise! -- Lady Gaga, provides a brief snapshot of the 23-year-old performer's devotion to her fans, how she feels about Cosmetics and her new role alongside Cyndi Lauper as the mouthpiece for the company's VIVA Glam campaign, and, of course, a few third-person references to highlight just a slice of the eccentricity that's helped skyrocket her...
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Former Teen Idol Corey Haim Dead at 38




80s teen heartthrob Corey Haim (Lucas, The Lost Boys) was pronounced dead early this morning at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California.

Although officials haven't yet released details about his cause of death (it's been reported he was experiencing flu-like symptoms and was taking over-the-counter medication), Police Sgt. William Mann isn't ruling out an overdose:
"He could have succumbed to whatever (illness) he had or it could have been drugs. Who knows?" Mann said. "He has had a drug...
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Steven Tyler Completes Rehab, Band Announces Summer Tour


Let's start the week off with some good news, shall we?

After a 90-day stay in rehab to tackle an addiction to pain killers, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler -- along with the rest of the band -- recently announced the group has overcome the rumors that Tyler would be taking an extended break (and the potential legal drama that loomed when the band started "testing out" new lead singers) and will begin "Cocked, Locked,...
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Psychiatrists Report Increased Awareness and Self-Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder


When it comes to mental health issues, it's no secret that celebrities, the media, and entertainment (think movies, television shows, and even music) can influence public perception.

Sometimes this influence is a good thing. Such high profile spotlights can help bring awareness and education, and many mental health advocates are thrilled when famous faces like Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, and Miley Cyrus create PSAs to help boost the visibility of non-profit mental health movements or...
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