Leading up to last week’s pilot episode of “Black Box” on ABC, I’d seen a bunch of previews for the drama centered around Dr. Catherine Black, a talented neuroscientist harboring a secret diagnosis of her own. The series premiere aired right after “Grey’s Anatomy,” which I had been watching, so I decided to give it a whirl.
Big mistake. Keep reading »
For the last few weeks, the notoriously controversial male feminist Hugo Schwyzer has been off Twitter and Facebook, an absence that was noticed by some, at first, and then everyone who pays attention to these sorts of things when the reasons for his social media disappearance became common knowledge. Schwyzer, who’s made a career denouncing “the myth of male weakness,” had cheated on his wife (his fourth) repeatedly, they had separated, and that, plus the stress of what he calls “takedown culture” online, had led to Schwyzer checking himself into a psychiatric facility. The admitted former drug addict (who once, in the midst of a drug binge, tried to kill himself and his then-girlfriend) explained in a mass email to friends, former colleagues and acquaintances (including myself) that he had become a danger to himself and he was taking time away from the internet to get well and repair his marriage to the mother of his two small children.
Except he didn’t take time away. First, he gave an ill-advised interview to NYMag.com, in which he described his infidelity as “off-brand” (he’s right, in the sense that he has spent the last few years writing about sex, gender, marriage, relationships, etc. from the perspective of a bad boy gone good). That was followed by interviews with LAWeekly.com (in which he confessed to another suicide attempt) and a porn gossip website (regarding the details of one of his affairs, with an online web cam model), not to mention upwards of four additional “goodbye” blog posts on his own website.
For a few days, things were quiet on the Hugo front. Until today, when Schwyzer reactivated his Twitter account and began tweeting, almost non-stop, for an hour. Admitting almost right away that he was in the midst of a manic episode – Schwyzer says he suffers from bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder – Schwyzer said it was time for the truth to come out, that he was a “breathtakingly cocky,” “self-aggrandizing” fraud who “loved the attention” and was “fucking awesome at getting it.” Keep reading »
“Oh, the crazy thing is really easy. If anybody could have proven me to be crazy, they certainly would have. And it’s never happened. Technically, in the sense of being bipolar, manic-depressive, or any of that stuff, it’s just not true. I mean, have I gone online and ranted and raved about my finances. Abso-fucking-lutely. Without any filter on. I mean, there’s a part of me that just doesn’t fucking care. And if that’s defined as crazy, then I need to find a psychiatrist who will diagnose that. I mean, maybe I’m more antisocial. I even asked my shrink, ‘Am I bipolar-ish?’ And he’s like, ‘No, you’re not.’ And I said, ‘Not even ish?’ And he said no. It’s just not there. So ‘crazy’ is a word that doesn’t affect me.”
– Courtney Love opened up to Bust magazine the common slur that’s used against her and how she has zero fucks to give. Love has always behaved … colorfully … to put it politely, and she’s absolutely done many things that were inappropriately bonkers, like accusing Dave Grohl of having sexual feelings for her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. To be sure, there are plenty of people with mental illness who are so far in denial that they can’t admit they have a problem. She totally could be in that camp. But it’s also possible, just possible, that a famous woman who acts bonkers gets labeled “crazy” and men who behave the same way are just seen as “fun” or “quirky” … or “winning!” [Bust Magazine] [Photo via Bust Magazine]
“Teen Mom” Amber Portwood made a hugely personal revelation this week: The reality tv star says she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder several years ago. Well, that does explain a lot, doesn’t it? The explosive bouts of rage, the suicidal tendencies. She’s been about as predictable as a volcano, and similarly destructive to everything in her path.
You’d think that since Portwood has known for some time why her moods are all over the place, things would have leveled off somewhat by now.
If you know what the problem is, you can treat it, right? Unfortunately, treatment of bipolar disorder isn’t that simple. Read more…
It didn’t take long for me to figure out something about Nick* was different. Everything about him was outsized, super-charming and a bit impulsive. For our second date, he seriously considered whisking me away to Atlantic City for the weekend to go gambling. After only two weeks of dating, he told me he thought I was “the one.” He chatted a mile a minute, exhausting one topic and moving right on to the next without missing a beat. On our earliest dates, I literally felt as though I was his audience — though I didn’t exactly mind, because he was charismatic and bright and his life story fascinated me. I’m not the life of the party at all, so to be with someone who is the life of the party was extremely fun. When he finally told me after several dates that he had bipolar disorder and ADD, I nearly smacked myself in the forehead. Of course he does! I realized. He’s textbook!
My older brother Eliot* also has bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression). Eliot’s behavior when he has not been taking his medication is almost exactly like Nick’s. He’s just as impulsive, if not more so; a few Christmases ago, he tried to persuade me to ditch our family and drive to Foxwoods to go gambling. Eliot is also very charming, charismatic, bright and the dictionary definition of “the life of the party.” Our personalities are so different that our friends can hardly believe he and I are related.
So when Nick mentioned that he is not taking medication for his bipolar and ADD, I nearly smacked myself in the forehead a second time. Of course, of course, I thought. And then: F**k. Keep reading »
I was just reading this interview with Selena Gomez where they asked her what it’s like dating pop sensation Justin Bieber and dealing with his haters and juggling her work schedule with all of that, and are you ready for what she said? It’s a doozy.
“I am sure I have some sense of bipolar-ness. I wake up happy then I turn to sadness on a dime. It’s crazy but I do enjoy all of it right now.”
Some sort of bipolar-ness? Hmmm, is that a dig at her former BFF Demi Lovato or just one of the most insensitive comments I’ve ever heard a celebrity make in order to fill up interview space? Read more… Keep reading »
“I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar. Looking back it makes sense. There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I’d be up until 5:30 in the morning. I feel like I am in control now where my whole life I wasn’t in control. … What’s important for me now is to help others.”
— Demi Lovato opens up about her bipolar disorder, just one day after Catherine Zeta-Jones shared with People that she suffers from bipolar II disorder (a variation of bipolar). Demi’s confession sheds some light on the drama in November when she abruptly left the Jonas Brothers’ world tour after a fight with a backup dancer. She checked into rehab (for an eating disorder and cutting), where she was diagnosed as bipolar. I applaud Demi Lovato for her candor about her mental health, especially at the young age of 18. [People] Keep reading »
“This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them. If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”
— Catherine Zeta-Jones opened up to People about her struggles with mental health. Bipolar II disorder is marked by long periods of depression with shorter spurts of mania. Catherine was reportedly having trouble dealing with her husband Michael Douglas’ battle with throat cancer and briefly checked into a mental health facility in Connecticut in early April. I applaud Catherine for coming out about her illness. She’s right: there is no shame in seeking help. [People] Keep reading »