What Do You Have To Be Sad About? Joe Pantoliano Opens Up About Depression

"What do you have to be sad about?"

If you've ever suffered from depression, you probably know all too well the anger, frustration, guilt, and hopelessness that attacks you both physically and mentally when someone asks that question. And, to add insult to injury, the person who asks the question is usually someone pretty close to you - your mom, your best friend, your significant other - someone who know you best.

Yet, experience has taught me they ask this question because they know you so well - they know about your awesome career, your fabulous wardrobe, your big fat bank account - you know, all the material, tangible, superficial successes on the outside that often have absolutely nothing to do with how happy or sad you feel on the inside.

"What do you have to be sad about?"


Celebrity Substance Abuse Problems Aren’t Sources Of Entertainment

Over the past few years, the media have been having a field day with the drug and alcohol problems (or, alleged drug and alcohol problems) of stars like Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan, and Tara Reid.

Fortunately, Spears seems to be making a comeback, Lohan defends she's still "on the wagon," and Tara Reid has just checked into the Promises Treatment Center according to her publicist. (Sadly, I don't think Winehouse has such good news to report, but I do know the Shore Break Drug Rehab center supposedly offered its services to both Winehouse and her husband.)

From pictures of freshly-shaven heads to snarky commentary about the most recent party gone bad, when a celebrity displays some questionable behavior, you can expect both the media and the public to be all over it.

Shoot, you can probably expect to know about it before the even the celebrity's family members do.

And, I blame both the media and the public. Most media sources are out to make money, so, naturally they're gonna pony up what the public wants; however, they do have the power to, you know, not report every single drunken escapade. Rather than some garbage shot of a drunken celeb flipping off the camera, I'd much rather look at pictures of Wentworth Miller. Even if he's just buying coffee. I haven't seen any new ones since November 28.

I'm just saying.


Pinup Icon Bettie Page Passes Away

Bettie Page passed away last night after suffering a bout of pneumonia and a heart attack last week.

The popular pinup model was from an era when the media still found curves attractive, the Internet didn't even exist much less house Web site after Web site of the bondage and other fetish-related materials Page was known for, and mental illness was still a widely misunderstood mystery.

Page reportedly suffered from a "nervous breakdown" after her...


Musicians With Mood Disorders "Embrace The Creative Spark"

A few days ago I told you about how you can help support your favorite mental health charities and get your holiday shopping done in one fell swoop (I also learned something new; I had no idea Hugh Laurie and the rest of the cast of House were NAMI supporters).

Today, I want to tell you about another way you can check off a name on the ol' holiday shopping list - purchase 2008...


Carrie Fisher: Substance Abuse, Bipolar Disorder, And Wishful Drinking

Even though I occasionally make reference to The Force, say things like "Luke, I am your father" into fans like Chris Farley does in Tommy Boy (though, I'm told that's actually a misquote), and am absolutely terrified of Chewbacca, I pretty much know absolutely nothing about Star Wars.

Laugh all you want, but I bet anything I could kick your tail at Harry Potter trivia.

Anyway, aside from the fact that she played Princess Leia in...


Bye, Bye Denny Crane

Last night marked the end of a five-season era for me: The final episode of Boston Legal. Final. Like, ever.

Although the Chinese gabazillionaires actually did purchase Crane, Poole & Schmidt (and broke my heart with the name change Chang, Poole & Schmidt), Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley and writers did placate me a bit by allowing Alan Shore and Denny Crane to win over the US Supreme Court and get that experimental...


What’s Going On With Izzie Stevens’s Brain?

After about a season of my mother incessantly pleading with me to watch at least one episode, I eventually gave in and, to my chagrin, hopped on the McDreamy bandwagon. (Actually, I’d rather be a patron of the McSteamy bandwagon, but, I digress.) I am a Grey’s Anatomy fan. A true one, it seems, considering I’ve toughed out Isaiah Washington’s/Preston Burke’s miserable departure, gritted my teeth through the colossal joke that was Izzie and...


Shopping Online Can Benefit Your Favorite Mental Health Charities

Screaming kids, pushy adults, and a grumbling belly - shopping the mall during the holiday season isn't always as attractive as those retail stores' commercials make it look.

If you're still trudging through your holiday shopping, why not consider wrapping it up online? Not only will you be shopping from the comfort of your own home (screaming kids may or may not be included), but you can also help your favorite mental health related charity!