Archives for July, 2010

Mad Men Actress Britt Hysen Explores the PRISM Awards

And speaking of the PRISM Awards, the 2010 awards ceremony won't air until September 18, 2010, on the FX Network, but you can catch a glimpse of some behind-the-scenes interviews via Behind the Scene with Britt Hysen: 2010 PRISM Awards.



You might be familiar with that name and face: Britt Hysen plays Mary, one of the many secretaries at Sterling Cooper Agency, the advertising agency that may as well be a character all its own in the AMC drama Mad Men (the season...
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Using Theater to Challenge Preconceptions of Mental Illness


Every year the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) - with help from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), FX Network, and News Corporation - presents the PRISM Awards to recognize accomplishments in the accurate portrayal of mental health issues in movies, television, comic books, and other entertainment venues.

Now, thanks to the RETHiNK Theatre Challenge, you too can flex your own scriptwriting fingers to bust stigma as well as "challenge preconceptions of mental illness."
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Finding the Value in Celebrity Psychiatrists


Not too long ago I wrote Are Psychiatrists Better Off Behind the Scenes?, a post about Dr. H. Steven Moffic's recent Psychiatric Times article, Why Aren't There Any Celebrity Psychiatrists? (which is a response to another article, The Los Angeles Times' The Cult of Celebrity Doctors), and was fortunate enough to have Cindy Mellander, LMHC, a licensed mental health counselor in Washington, respond with her thoughts on celebrity psychiatrists.

It's always a pleasure to gain some insight from...
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When We'd Show Mel Gibson Compassion, Not Contempt


After some of the more stigmatizing comments ("dangerous lunatic," anyone?) that've been made regarding Mel Gibson's recent behavior and maybe/maybe not mental illness, I thought it'd be nice to share some perspective from someone who clearly grasps the importance of sitting down and really thinking about what you're going to say before you're going to say it - and why you're going to say it in the first place.

The person I'm talking about is Marie R., who is for all...
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Mel Gibson Might Have Toppled Over the Edge of Darkness



Glenn Beck says he's "out of his mind crazy," and 's Rod Dreher has called him a "crazy, vicious creep" who "really is a dangerous lunatic." (Eek. I thought things were peaceful over at Beliefnet!)

The Washington Post's Celebritology blogger Jen Chaney quipped that he's had so many tapes surface lately he might be on the brink of his own franchise: "The Passion of the Crazy."

In short, emotions (shock, outrage, and anger being the most dominant) are unsurprisingly high right now...
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Does Crystal Bowersox's New Smile Mean New Confidence?


For someone who'd - self-reportedly - never even wore makeup before the show, American Idol runner up Crystal Bowersox seems to be getting cozy with the idea of getting all prettied up.

More than the idea of it, Momma Sox recently had a bit of cosmetic dentistry done to fix the gap I (and I'm sure a lot of other fans, despite some of the criticism she also received) thought was, well, just part of her unique character.

Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo's...
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Are Psychiatrists Better Off Behind the Scenes?




That's one of the questions Dr. H. Steven Moffic asks in a recent Psychiatric Times article and, given Los Angeles Lakers' Ron Artest's public gratitude toward his psychologist (which is actually mentioned in Moffic's article and, like Artest and me, he mistakenly refers to her as a psychiatrist), it's a pretty timely question.

Why Aren't There Any Celebrity Psychiatrists? is Moffic's answer (rather, his other question) to another recent article, The Los Angeles Times' The Cult of Celebrity Doctors.
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Athletes

Ron Artest Thanks Psychiatrist After Lakers Take NBA Championship


This is a couple of weeks old, and I can't believe I just now read about it, but I'd be such a bad blogger if I didn't pass it along for those of you who might've missed it, too.

It seems that back during the tail-end of the NBA finals (ahh, that's why I missed this), Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers had someone interesting (unusual? surprising? I'm not sure what the right word...
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