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“The Bachelor” Star Gia Allemand’s Suicide Details Emerge

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  • Gruesome details have come out about reality TV star Gia Allemand’s suicide: she hung hanged herself with a vacuum cleaner cord while on the phone with her mom. Allemand’s boyfriend Ryan Anderson, a player for the New Orleans Pelicans, reportedly told her in a fight hours before that he didn’t love her anymore. The 29-year-0ld model had appeared on Jake Pavelka’s season of “The Bachelor.” What a terrible story. [Page Six]
  • Lance Bass has shot down rumors of a *NSYNC reunion at this Sunday’s MTV VMAs. Dream. Crushed. [Buzzfeed]
  • “Sons Of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam is up for the role of Christian Grey in the big screen adaption of “50 Shades Of Grey,” according to a TwitchFilm source. Shailene Woodley and Felicity Jones are two of the names being batted around for Anastasia. At this point, hasn’t everyone in young Hollywood been tied to this project? [TwitchFilm]
  • Guess who has a small starring role on “Breaking Bad” this Sunday? J.Crew’s big wig Mickey Drexler. (I’m holding out hope for a role for Jenna Lyons in next season’s “Mad Men.”) [Fashionista]
  • Meet Anderson Cooper’s stalker: a Jewish white supremacist former mental patient! [TMZ] Keep reading »

Anyone Who’s Ever Suffered From Mental Illness (Or Known Someone Who Has) Must Watch Eleanor Longdon’s TED Talk

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Eleanor Longdon was a college student when she began hearing a totally neutral voice in her head that would narrate her daily going ons in the third person. “She is leaving the room.” She is going to the lecture.” Longdon’s relationship with this innocuous narrator eventually turned into what she called a “psychic civil war” where the voices multiplied, becoming both her “persecutors  and her only perceived companions.” This eventually led to a diagnosis of schizophrenia and complete mental unraveling, which caused her to go so far once as to try to drill a hole in her head to get rid of the voices. Keep reading »

Hugo Schwyzer Has What Appears To Be Major Manic Episode On Twitter

Hugo Schwyzer Has What Appears To Be Major Manic Episode On Twitter
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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 »

Amanda Bynes’ Psychiatric Hold Extended, Mother Granted Conservatorship

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  • Amanda Bynes’ 5150 psychiatric hold has been extended for an additional 30 days. A judge who visited Bynes in the hospital found the troubled actress to be “gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder.” Bynes has been hospitalized since July 22, when she started a fire in a stranger’s driveway in Thousand Oaks, California. Her mother, Lynn, was granted a temporary conservatorship today, giving her control of her daughter’s care and finances. [US Weekly, US Weekly]
  • Need a laugh? Here’s Cescaleigh’s entire “Grown 4 U” Beyoncé/Britney mashup. [YouTube]
  • Vince Vaughn’s wife Kyla has given birth to the couple’s second child, a son named Vernon. Mazel tov! [People]
  • Here’s a mindblowing “Breaking Bad” theory for you. (Spoiler alert!) [Buzzfeed]
  • Chris Brown reportedly suffered a seizure early this morning at a recording studio in Hollywood, but refused to be taken to the hospital. [TMZ] Keep reading »

12 Things Your Therapist Says And What It Really Means

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“What do YOU think?” That’s the number one phrase I hear in therapy over and over — usually because I’m asking my therapist for her opinion about some shit that is going down. But as those of us in therapy know, a therapist is not there to give advice or to tell you how to live your life. He or she will listen and offer observations about the way you talk about your life. But dishing out advice and tips is a big no-no. After a year-plus of asking my therapist, “What do you think?” and getting the response “What do YOU think?”, I’ve come to realize that what she really means is Stop asking me this because I’m not going to tell you.

Of course, that’s not the only thing my therapist says that actually means something else. Here are just a few things* that your therapist is saying to you and what it really means:

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Amanda Bynes Reportedly Battling Schizophrenia

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  • Doctors have allegedly diagnosed Amanda Bynes with “severe mental illness with schizophrenic tendencies.” [Perez Hilton]
  • Today, her parents officially filed for conservatorship of the actress in a California court. [TMZ]
  • Also, “Pretty Little Liars” actress Ashley Benson posted a photo of herself on Instagram mocking a picture Bynes had taken of herself with the caption “Doing my Amanda Bynes look this afternoon.” Um, now is not the time, hon. [New York Daily News]
  • The editor responsible for publishing the topless sunbathing photos of Kate Middleton has been formally charged. Lauren Pieau of Closer magazine now faces jail time for breaching privacy laws. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

Amanda Bynes’ Parents Fear Schizophrenia, Seek Conservatorship

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  • Amanda Bynes’ parents are reportedly seeking a conservatorship over the actress and requesting her 72-hour psychiatric hold be extended for two weeks. Her parents and doctors are afraid her erratic behavior over the past several months are symptoms of schizophrenia. The actress was arrested on Monday for starting a fire in a stranger’s driveway in Thousand Oaks, California, which also resulted in her pet dog being drenched in gasoline; she is currently still under a 5051 hold. [TMZ]
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  • Breaking news: men are injecting fat into their butts to help their pants stay up. [NYmag.com] Keep reading »

Dog Soaked In Gasoline Before Amanda Bynes Placed Under Psychiatric Hold

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  • Amanda Bynes’ dog was soaked in gasoline yesterday, when the troubled actress was put under psychiatric hold after allegedly starting a fire in a Thousand Oaks, California driveway. A surveillance cam at a nearby liquor store showed Bynes rushing inside and washing the dog off in a sink. She was reportedly “frantic and discombobulated” when she was picked up by police. It’s unclear what has happened to Bynes’ Pomeranian pup, although it reportedly wasn’t injured by the fire. In any case, I’m really, really glad to hear Amanda Bynes is getting closer to receiving the care she needs. [TMZ, E! Online]
  • Beth Ditto from The Gossip has wed her longtime girlfriend Kristin Ogata in a ceremony in Hawaii. Mazel tov! [Her.ie]
  • Jimmy Fallon and his wife Nancy welcomed their first child yesterday, a baby girl. Congratulations! [People]
  • The director of “Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron, defended casting Sandra Bullock in the lead, even though he was pressured to cast a male actor for the lead role. [The Verge] Keep reading »

It Took Almost 30 Years To Find Missing Woman’s Body In Husband’s Hoarder Home

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If you’ve seen the show “Hoarders” then you can easily understand why anything, even a human body, could stay hidden for a very, very long time in the home of a hoarder. So, you know where this story is headed: James Nichols reported his wife, Jo Ann Nichols of Poughkeepsie, New York, missing in December of 1985 after she did not show up for a beauty parlor appointment. He told police that he received a typed note from his wife and then talked to her on the phone three days after he reported her as missing. Nichols also told police that he found his wife’s car parked at a local shopping mall. After searching his house, police determined that Mr. Nichols had not had anything to do with his wife’s disappearance.

Oh, did I mention the amount of stuff they had to wade through in that home?  According to neighbors, Mr. Nichols was an intense hoarder. He even had several dumpsters in his backyard for extra storage. The police also probably thought it was safe to assume that this was not an episode of “CSI”and didn’t check (or even know about) his false wall in the basement where he was hiding his wife’s body. Keep reading »

Feminists Have Food And Body Image Issues, Too: 5 Ways To Get Over The Shame

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I was a full-blown feminist by the time I started college. I also had a full-blown eating disorder. As a teen I marched on Washington for women’s rights. I put out a zine called Wonder Woman. I played drums (and by “played” I mean I aggressively and skill-lessly beat the shit out of a floor tom, a snare and a cymbal) in a punk band whose songs included “Penis-Shaped Missile” and “Cute Band Alert.” I prepared all varieties of soy-based hippie stews for Food Not Bombs, though I don’t recall ever sampling any of them. And it wasn’t because of the soy. Or the hippie. While my dog-eared copy of Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth was proudly displayed on my bookshelf, my equally well-worn calorie counter book was hidden out of sight in my desk drawer.

I was terrified of gaining weight. I restricted. I binged and purged. I hated my body. Keep reading »

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