22 thoughts on “Lindsay Lohan: Mental Illness as Entertainment

  • September 25, 2010 at 11:29 am

    In essence, what this article is–not based on fact or an interview from Lohan–is media HYPE, same as any other media outlet.

    What Psych Central is doing by writing an article such as this, is promoting the exact media hype the writer here is complaining about, except for one thing different:

    Psych Central is diagnosing Lohan with “She is mentally ill” “She is sick”, based on the writer’s use of the DSM-IV.

    Where are your facts for a well-balanced article? Have you contacted Lohan for an interview to verify any of your claims?

    This is reckless reporting, and misusing psychiatric labels for media hype.

  • September 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Actually, Ms Lohan’s actions are typical of an addict who is not capable of admitting the extent of their addiction. When a person does become truly addicted to a substance their body demands the substance to function. She will need to admit to herself the severity of her addiction or have it mandated by a court that she seek immediate substance withdrawal help at a facility. Most of the addiction counselors I’ve spoken with have experienced the prison setting being worse for addicts as drugs are used as a bartering system.

  • September 25, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Lohan’s meds are:

    The ANTIDEPRESSANTS Zoloft and Trazodone, the hyperactivity treatment drug Adderall, (FOR ADD) and the powerful painkiller Dilaudid (for her teeth and/or to get high).


    Hence she’s been diagnosed with depression and ADD. She openly admitted being an addict after testing positive for cocaine recently. So the article’s premise is well-founded. But there’s a bigger picture than Christine’s correct assessment of Lilo.

    It’s how the so-called “mainstream TV media” – FOX, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, et al, know that these misinterpreted “news” stories are viewed as such by the people of ages of 10-18. This pattern is in every area of entertainment, music, movies, commercials, sitcom, etc.

    Point is, the “mainstream media” is not a reflection of society, but a creator of it.

    That’s why I read local newspapers because they have a higher moral code.

  • September 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Wake-up call….

    Lindsay Lohan is addicted to cocaine.
    And, Psych Central runs a piece on how “sick” she is…

    What’s next, making sure Lindsay Lohan gets the proper “treatment” she needs?

    With what?

    Psychiatric drugs?

    Cocaine is almost identical to ADHD “medicine”…
    There is very little difference between street drugs and psychopharmacology….

    Psych Central receives money from these same drug makers….

    Here we go again…
    Linday Lohan is “sick” and “needs help”…

    Don’t tell me, let me guess…
    “Help” with psychiatic “treatment”…..
    Treatment that is no better than street drugs!

    Thank God, Psych Central is here to educate us all, huh?

    Give me a break !!!


  • September 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Pscyhiatric drugs cause serotonin increases
    to release depression, as oppossed to street drugs which use dopamine to “release” depression, cause you to want more, and usually get you addicted and/or OD’d. There’s a difference.

  • September 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm


    Gary Kohls, M.D. describes how psychiatric drugs (ADHD medicine in particular) can be as dangerous as street drugs in this video –


    Check out Peter Breggin, M.D. – Psychiatric Drug Facts (breggin.com) to find out more….

    Also, as far as serotonin versus dopamine… SSRI’s keep serotonin in the neurotransmitters, SNRI’s keep norepenephrin, wheras the neuroleptics (antipsychotics) actually deplete dopmanine reception, so it depends on the type of psychiatric drug, etc…

    Bottom line.
    Prescription drugs are not safer than street drugs. Period.

    When are we gonnna stop calling places to incarcerate “hospitals”…. mind-alterind drugs “medicines” and the entire guess-work process “treatment!”

    It’s not treatment. It’s mis-treatment!



  • September 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    If she doesn’t want to be in the news then she shouldn’t drive under the influence. Surely, she can afford someone to drive her around.

  • September 26, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Lindsay seriously asks for it. She shouldn’t go walking around like a train-wreck for all of Hollywood to see. If she doesn’t want to end up back in jail or back in the public eye…then well don’t violate your probation…which if you ask me she got off pretty easy with being sentenced to 90 days in jail and only serving 14. Hopefully she will not get released early..some people need jail to reflect on the things they have done, maybe this is the wake up call she needed…or maybe not…maybe the minute she is released she will be back on the sauce and dialing her drug dealers number the first minute she gets her hands on her cell phone.

    Sorry…but CANCER is a disease and comparing addiction/alcoholism to it, is just wrong. Sorry telling someone who is withering away on the 8th floor of a major cancer center that what they have is comparable to what Lindsay Lohan is going through is patronizing, cruel and downright ignorant.

  • September 26, 2010 at 10:26 am


    You referenced the DSM with this –

    “When an individual persists in use of alcohol or other drugs despite problems related to use of the substance, substance dependence may be diagnosed. Compulsive and repetitive use may result in tolerance to the effect of the drug and withdrawal symptoms when use is reduced or stopped. This, along with substance abuse are considered Substance Use Disorders….” DSM-IV

    Read this –

    All psychiatric drugs have the potential to cause withdrawal reactions, including the antidepressants, stimulants, tranquilizers, antipsychotic drugs, and “mood stabilizers” such as lithium. When the individual’s condition grows markedly worse within days or weeks of stopping the psychiatric drug, this is almost always due to a withdrawal reaction. However, misinformed doctors and misled parents, teachers, and patients think this is evidence that the individual “needs” the drug even more when what the patient really needs is time to overcome the drug’s contrary effects on the brain and body. – Peter Breggin, M.D.

    Street drugs and psychiatric drugs.

    When is Psych Central going to start letting the public know the truth about psychiatric drugs, huh?


  • September 26, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I lost my parents to cancer. My father was an alcoholic and heavy smoker most of his life. My mother’s cancer was inextricable. So, I know about comparing cancer to other illnesses. It isn’t easy, but part of the recovery program I follow recommends that we treat people with alcoholism/addiction as we would treat someone with cancer.

    I have heard the arguments that alcoholics/addicts are responsible and caused their own misery, so why give them have sympathy? The same reason I have sympathy for people, such as Michael Douglas, who himself has admitted to smoking and drinking for years. I don’t dish out sympathy – at least I try not to – based upon what I think I know about a person’s personal history.

    I think of it this way: A person with a gunshot wound is wheeled into the emergency room. The doctors and nurses do not know if the patient is the victim or perp. All they know is there is a bleeding human being who needs help and they do what they can to help that person – without judgment.

    Sometimes, even if the doctors and nurses DO know the circumstances and they don’t like the patient has done, they still do what they can to help the patient. I like that.

    Compassion is as compassion does.

  • September 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Yeah I have a couple problems with the Lindsay Lohan story.

    First of all the US is assuming she has a severe drug problem. We don’t know this. They say based on her “wacky” behavior. What’s that? That she’s late and sassy to the paparazis? That’s doesn’t mean anything.

    She has managed to be clean for three years following her initial DUI. That is not the mark of an addict. She has recently tested positive so she may have some problem, but we don’t know the extent of the problem. We are assuming it is severe when it could be mild.

    Second of all, do you think she is the only person in Hollywood with a drug problem? What about the guys? What about Owen Wilson who almost overdosed on heroin. Or Corey Feldman who had a severe drug problems for years? Or George Michael. Where are all the salacious tabloid stories calling them “brats” and saying they need to be “slapped in the face”. I don’t see them. I think this is more about sexism and the “taming of the shrew” stereotype and the joy of putting an uppity female “in her place”, not any concern for her.

    And thirdly, if she has a cocaine problem, she probably started it to lose weight. Do you think anyone would know who she was anymore if she were a size 10 and was thirty pounds overweight? No. We should almost consider it part of the job requirement for being an actress today. It is hard to maintain a stick figure like that (that she used to have) without being on coke. That’s why you have Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss on coke. And who knows who else. Our obsession for thinness is helping cause the drug addiction of young women.

    Fourth, I know plently of people who have had DUI’s in the college town I live in. Some multiple DUIs. None have been micromanaged by the judge like Lindsay Lohan. They did not have strict probation schedules or strict check in times and constant drug testing. Because of that they managed to complete their probabtion in time. If they have had Lohan’s attention, I think a lot iof them would have failed too. So I don’t think it’s true she is getting the same treatment, she is getting special treatment. And it is more harsh treatment.

  • September 27, 2010 at 6:05 am

    I have hard time feeling sorry for poor sick Lindsay… with her money, she can get a personal psychologist, a “couch”. She can travel to India, the way Alanis Morrisette did when she was depressed… she can do anything she wants.

    I doubt more drugs would help her. There is no pill that would knock sense into someone anyways.

    Lins needs to learn to cope on her own… oh, yes, her life is stressful, I give her that. However, there are people worse of than her… She just needs to learn to deal with her life… she has all the means to do so. There are people in the world who do not have those…

  • September 27, 2010 at 7:05 am

    I have compassion for those dealing with addiction. I don’t have any compassion for those who choose to drink and drive. That part is a choice, and people need to be held accountable for that choice. I’m sick of people who drink and drive. There should not be cases like what Claudia mentioned where people have been arrested multiple times. Clearly they’re not getting it, so the legal system needs to keep them off the road. I have watched as parents bury their children because of the selfishness of those who choose to drink and drive. They were given multiple chances, and now young people are dead because of their actions. How many chances do we give Lindsay? She’s had two arrests for this. Is the 3rd time going to be the charm? The 5th?

    Right now I feel the most compassion for the public she endangers every time she gets behind the wheel under the influence. Get a driver, take a cab, but if you get behind the wheel under the influence you need to be in jail.

  • September 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Regardless of her other addictions or what medications she may be on, alcoholism is considered a mental illness (it’s right there in the DSM-IV). If someone is court-ordered into alcoholism treatment, it isn’t because the court believes she has a minor drinking problem.

    So the author, in my opinion, was right on the money in pointing out that Lindsay Lohan is not “entertainment news,” but news of a tragic person engaged in a very public fight with her mental illness.

  • October 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Another nice-felt and well written article by Christine regarding compassion;
    When someone is sinking just help and have compassion!

    So many discussions about “Was she sinking and in recovering? (Is she ill?) From where she fell? (she is rich… on a higher position and with better means, she shouldn’t sink like us) … and she might not do that or that… when all Christine said was “give her a hand and understanding as to any sick person”

    No one talks about medicine in that article and this site has never been an advocate for drugs taking just to be taken and either encourage people to think that one’s bad or trauma or problems were worse than the other ones!

    I wonder if people can’t just feel equal in essence and empathise with someone who is in need, who is sinking … and just help through their compassion if they can’t help with a hand… instead of comparing disorders, position, wealth and anything make us different, but we still want to be regarded equal. Wonder in what equal then?

    This is what would you do with someone that was just saved from sinking and drawn on the shore while not recovered yet?

    Depression or addicted is an enough STIGMA on that person and automatically raise the level of being a perpetrator in North American computers, isn’t that enough?

    Some people say that we need to “Lynch” someone everyday to feel alive or more valuable. Eric Maria Remarque in “Love Thy Neighbour” (Flotsam) said that it’s enough to see your neighbor worse and you feel somehow better 

  • October 4, 2010 at 11:49 am

    “Prescription drugs are not safer than street drugs.” What an terribly misguided comment.

    What do doctors do when a patient refuses to undergo psychiatric or drug and alcohol treatment? Ms Lohan continues to drink and take drugs regardless of the consequences. Her behaviour is self-destructive and she definitely needs long-term treatment to overcome her addictions. Her situation is very sad. She needs to withdraw herself from public attention and focus on her well being. Hope she can find her way.

  • October 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I think everyone should just leave her alone. This is a matter for her and her family and friends to handle. I don’t understand why the law gets involved with drug issues. Drug addiction is serious, don’t get me wrong, but the drug war is a sham and throwing someone who does drugs and isn’t hurting anyone but herself is not going to help anything.

    She has to want help and want to quit to even begin the journey. A judge saying “stop snorting the white powder or you’re going to jail…again” isn’t going to help her. And neither is a media frenzy.

  • September 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    She would be first choice to star in aBarbara Payton biography. She looks somewhat likethe young Barbara now.

  • October 25, 2011 at 5:03 am

    I know I’m a minority for feeling sad for Lindsay, but I do. Why would such a beautiful talented young woman self-destruct so? She is in deep emotional pain is all I can gather. No matter how much money, how great someone seems to have “it”, people have depression…and I’m not talking about situational depression. Clinical depression is horrible. I really think she has it. And she really doesn’t have a support system. It is very hard for anyone to have that. Depression is a selfish and consuming illness…and separating the person from the illness is difficult. Lindsay has people to tell her and do what she wants, but that us not what she needs. I think her dad is a sack of crap for leaking personal phone calls to the press in the past, and also for the recent comment he made about her teeth. I know he has issues too…but there is no excuse for not protecting your baby, for saying such cruel things about your own child. I hope Lindsay does not become a member of the 27 club, if she even makes it two more years.

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  • March 27, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Your absolutely right. The harshness they target at her, from media and public will only make her worse. She must be given privacy to recover and not everything she does needs to be public. If someone is doing a great work in their field why doesn’t it get mote coverage,? I really dislike this paparazzi culture, it is like a giant gossiping woman but worse.


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