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Archives for January, 2012


New Bonnie Raitt Album Helps The Singer-Songwriter Heal

The past few years have been pretty tough on Bonnie Raitt.

Not only did she lose both of her parents (pretty much back-to-back), but also her brother Steve, who lost his battle with brain cancer in 2009.

The bluesy singer-songwriter, perhaps best known (commercially, at least) for her hits "Something To Talk About" and "I Can't Make You Love Me," decided it was time to "get off that treadmill" once producer Joe Henry invited her...
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Weekend Reading: Get To Know The DBSA Celebrity Authors

Earlier this week, I introduced you to the new DBSA Celebrity Honorary Advisory Board.

Several of the board members are award-winning authors, and while I haven't had the chance to check out any of their books yet, fellow Psych Central blogger Margarita Tartakovsky of Weightless has read Kay Redfield Jamison's and Marya Hornbacher's memoirs and enjoyed them both.

So, I thought now would be a great time to get to know these DBSA...
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How NOT To React To Cyber Bullies: Lessons From Nickelback

I think I'm one of three people I know who does not actively hate Nickelback.

(Yes, I carefully chose each word in that sentence.)

For whatever reason, people loathe Nickelback.

Really, it doesn't make any sense to me. The band manages to rack up tons of award nominations and wins (the guys have even won "World's Best Selling Rock Artist," for pete's sake), but I guess there are more people out there who despise the group...
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Celebrities Unlimited By Mental Illness: DBSA Advisory Board

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) ended 2011 - or began 2012, depending on how you look at it - with a pretty exciting event:

The launch of the organizations new Celebrity Honorary Advisory Board.

According to the official announcement, the goal behind creating the Celebrity Honorary Advisory Board is to connect with and learn from others who live with mental illness.

Says DBSA Board Chair-elect Lucinda Jewel:

All of the members of our...
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Charlie Sheen Says He’s Not “Crazy” Anymore

Well, I would've never called him "crazy" to begin with (stigma people, stigma!) but Charlie Sheen definitely - and very publicly - dealt with some serious mental health problems.

After all the winning, questionable in-house rehab treatment, and radio rants, Sheen made one of his first calm and collected appearances back in September 2011 at the Emmys.

Now, Sheen's coming out to say those "crazy" days are behind him.

During the Fox Network...
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Sending Well Wishes To Sinead O’Connor

Ah, life. Just when you think things are going well, they take a turn for the then get okay again.

Just seconds (well, not literally, but pretty soon) after I posted about all the wonderful things going on in Sinead O'Connor's life right now, things went downhill.

Way downhill.

The Irish singer-songwriter announced she and her new husband were separating, tweeted a call for help after overdosing in Los Angeles (and then attempting suicide...
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Weekend Watching: Jersey Shore’s Vinny Opens Up About Anxiety

What up guidos and guidettes!

(Can I get away with saying that? No? Hmm. Ah well.)

If you caught last night's episode of Jersey Shore (or read the title of this post) you probably know what I'm getting ready to talk about.

In a move that shocked and saddened the nation (or, however many people tune in each Thursday night - I only recently became shamelessly obsessed myself) Vinny Guadagnino decided to leave the Jersey...
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Seth Rogen, Alzheimer’s Association Launch Hilarity For Charity

If you caught The Today Show yesterday, you might've seen actor/comedian Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, 50/50) promoting his new event, Hilarity for Charity.

Hilarity for Charity is an awareness and fundraising event for the Alzheimer's Association, a group Rogen has been working with for a few years now (who knew?).

During his Today Show appearance, Rogen cited his mother-in-law's early-onset Alzheimer's as one of the reasons he became involved in advocating...
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Kate Middleton Becomes Patron Of Action On Addiction

As if I needed another reason to love Kate Middleton.

According to a press release fresh from across the pond, the Duchess of Cambridge ( Catherine Middleton or "Kate" Middleton) has accepted four honorary positions with charity organizations dear to her heart.

They are:

Patron of Action on Addiction
Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
Royal Patron of The Art Room
Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London

The Duchess’s first Patronages and her volunteer position...
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Weekend Reading: How 10 Addicts Replaced Drugs & Alcohol

I've never been addicted to alcohol or drugs, so I can't speak from that level of personal experience.

However, I've had enough addicts in my life to know that once an addict is in recovery, he has a lot of newfound "free" time on his hands - time that used to be spent drinking or using drugs, and time which must now be

...doing what?

How does an addict fill the void that drugs and alcohol...
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