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Laughter in the Face of Mental Illness

This weekend, I had the opportunity to see the comedy/spoken word one man show Fruitcake: Ten Commandments of the Psych Ward, by Rob Gee. It was a wonderful production. The performance was witty, energetic, engaging, and wickedly funny. This show was about the lessons Rob has learned from his time of working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital (with the help of the voice of God, who happens to be a Jamaican woman)....
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Celebrities

It’s Gonna Get Better -It’s Just Gotta

Depression has been a big topic in the news lately.  And I won't lie to you, depression is hard, really hard. The isolation, the silence, and the noise, and on and on and on. Depression is a quite contradictory, have you noticed that?  And when you are in the throes of it, it feels like it will last forever. But it doesn't. It tricks you into thinking that it lasts for an eternity, but it...
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Alcohol

Weekend Reading: Mariel Hemingway Is “Running From Crazy”


Mariel Hemingway is sharing her life-long struggles with mental illness, drug addiction, and family suicide (seven relatives -- including one of the most influential writers in American history, her grandfather Ernest Hemingway -- have committed suicide) in her new documentary, Running from Crazy.

The 51-year-old model and actress teamed up with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA; American Dream) to create a film that "places an emphasis on suicide awareness and...
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Depression

Enter to Win: ‘The Face of Emotion’ Book Giveaway!


Happy Friday, readers!

If you've visited Celebrity Psychings any in the past few days, you've seen that Dr. Eric Finzi's guest post has ran at the top of the blog since Monday.

Finzi, a board-certified dermasurgeon, proposes that in addition to its physical benefits, Botox might also provide mental benefits; specifically, Botox could act as a treatment for depression.

Change your facial expressions, change your mood?

Wild, I know.

He explains it all in his new book, The...
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Literature

Weekend Reading: Dr. George Drinka Tackles the Role of Media in Health


Happy Friday, readers!

If you have children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews, you might be especially interested in what Dr. George Drinka has to say about the role media plays in today's family dynamic, and, how it's affecting our children's health.

Dr. Drinka, a child psychiatrist who's on the clinical faculty of the Oregon Health Sciences University and has a private practice in Portland, is the author of the upcoming When the Media...
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Celebrities

Weekend Reading: Rod Stewart On Missing Woodstock


Rod Stewart released his autobiography last month and, according to Jim Farber with NY Daily News ("Those looking for introspection or melancholy should quickly pass this by in favor of the far more lacerating and vulnerable bio just penned by Pete Townshend"), you might enjoy it if you're looking for something a little on the lighthearted side.

Rod: The Autobiography (which, for some reason...
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Everyday Folk

Weekend Reading: Joseph Burgo, Ph.D Explains Our Defense Mechanisms


Another one of Psych Central's own mental health bloggers has penned a masterpiece!

(Okay, maaaaaybe I'm just a little biased :) )

Psychotherapist and author Joseph Burgo, , of Psych Central's Therapy Case Notes and his own After Psychotherapy, releases his new book Why Do I Do That? Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives, this Monday (October 29, 2012).

Why...
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Celebrities

Neil Young On Sobriety: “It’s Just A Different Perspective”


Even though he once said he'd never write one, Neil Young has a memoir coming out next

...and he's quit drugs.

The 66-year-old singer-songwriter recently sat down with David Carr of The New York Times to talk about his new autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, and his year-long sobriety.

(Of course, that's just the condensed version; there's a little more to the story - like the time he was arrested on drug charges with Eric Clapton and Stephen...
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Celebrities

Weekend Reading: Excerpt From Mitch Winehouse Book, “Amy, My Daughter”


Late last month, HarperCollins and Mitch Winehouse, father of the late English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse, released "Amy, My Daughter."

"Amy, My Daughter" chronicles the life of the 27-year-old talent, from her childhood to her untimely death from alcohol poisoning - all from the point of view of a loving, grieving,and proud father.

Thanks to Rolling Stone, we can check out an excerpt from "Amy, My Daughter."

The following bit highlights some of the professional and creative...
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