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Mommie Dearest: On Postpartum Depression

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It’s no secret that becoming a new parent can be one of the most trying times in a person’s life. Seven years later, I can still vividly remember those first few hours and days together, despite the foggy haze of sleeplessness I was in. A plethora of hormones coursed through my body, screwing with my emotions. I’d be happy but I’d cry, I’d be sleepy but couldn’t quell the anxiety that gripped me. I had read countless books and taken a few classes in order to prepare me for this moment. I still felt completely out of my depths.

Welcome to motherhood.

Thankfully, I had an incredible support system: an equally tired husband who had managed to cobble together a month of paternity leave (through FMLA, using up paid vacation, and taking unpaid time off), parents and in-laws who lived no more than two hours away, a doting doula who helped me not only through labor and delivery but with breastfeeding as well, eager friends, and even a visiting nurse provided by the hospital via our insurance. I was fortunate and privileged. Besides many sleepless nights and some stained shirts, I escaped my son’s infancy relatively unscathed. Yet, the same can’t be said for everyone. Keep reading »

Kylie Jenner Sparks Twitter Frenzy Over Her Misuse Of The Term “Bipolar”

Kylie Jenner

The kombined Kardashian-Jenner klan is famous (“famous”) for lots of things (or, rather, one thing that has splintered off into lots of things): multiple revealing reality television shows, media ubiquity, 72-day marriages, explicit discussion and occasional tasting of bodily fluids, giving birth on camera … you get it. Not one of these things even begins to imply that they are known for any intellectual capacity or emotional sensitivity. Sure, they’re “smart,” in the same way someone like Miley Cyrus is smart — they know how to keep their names in the headlines. (Or their mother does, at least.)

So that’s why it’s depressing, but not at all surprising, that Kylie Jenner went ahead and stirred up some controversy of her own on the Twitters yesterday, posting an old photo of herself with a past hair color with the caption, “I miss my black hair I’m so bipolar :( .” :(, indeed, because girl, YOU ARE NOT BIPOLAR. I can’t even begin to describe the idiocy of this type of misuse of a word — changing your mind about something does not, I repeat, does not a bipolar person make. But hey, on the bright(er) side, at least she acknowledges that bipolar disorder exists, unlike her boyfriend Jaden Smith‘s family. Ain’t nothing Xenu can’t cure! (And no, they still have yet to pinpoint a medical term to describe whatever is amiss with Kris Jenner.) [Gossip Cop]

This Brave Bus Driver Saved A Woman From Jumping Off A Bridge

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Darnell Barton, a Buffalo bus driver, saw a woman who’d climbed over a guardrail and was leaning over traffic on the expressway below her. He knew he had to do something. Because nobody else was stopping their car, Barton wasn’t sure at first whether the woman was in distress. But he’s a former volunteer firefighter and member of the Buffalo Special Police,  He stopped the bus and approached the distressed woman, giving her a hug and asking if she wanted to come back to the other side of the guard rail. After he’d gotten her to safety and returned to his bus, he was met with applause from his 20 high school-aged passengers. What a nice reminder that sometimes people really are everyday heroes and fate puts us on one another’s paths for a reason.  I know it’s cliche, but it really does take a lot of courage to do the right thing sometimes — and this man is about as humble as people come. BRB, I’m getting seriously emotional over here. [USA Today]

Mischa Barton Opens Up About Psychiatric Breakdown

  • Mischa Barton has opened up about her drug abuse and “full-on breakdown” around 2009, revealing that she was put into a psychiatric ward under a 5150 hold after she threatened to kill herself. It’s the first time the ex-”O.C” star, who said she was “under enormous pressure,” has spoken publicly about her mental health struggles.  [People]
  • “Scandal”‘s  Kerry Washington will host “Saturday Night Live” on November 2 with musical guest Eminem. Squee! [Deadline Hollywood]
  • Ivanka Trump debuted the first photo of her newborn son, whom she’s named Joseph Frederick Kushner, on her Tumblr. So cute! [People]
  • Jamie Foxx said rumors he is dating Katie Holmes are “100 percent not true.” [Fox News]
  • Aaron Paul isn’t the only celebrity who tried his hand — er, hands — at #StarbucksDrakeHands. Check out Derek Hough, Snooki and even Larry King making fools of themselves. [ONTD]
  • Seven photographs that show what your cat sees when she stares into space. [Flavorwire] Keep reading »

Amanda Bynes’ Mom Lynn Bynes Releases Statement: “We Know She Will Get Through This”

statement from Amanda Bynes' mom Lynn Bynes

Did anybody else breathe a huge sigh of relief when Amanda Bynes was finally hospitalized? Watching her increasingly bizarre stints play out for as long as they did made me wonder if anyone close to her was ever going to step in. I was starting to worry that Amanda would seriously hurt herself, with all of us watching along on social media and doing nothing to stop it.

Thankfully, our favorite/only “Amanda Show” star seems to be getting the help she needs. Her mom, Lynn Bynes, was granted temporary conservatorship over her daughter finances (since dropped because Amanda is in a doctor’s care) and spoke publicly about her daughter’s situation for the first time since Amanda was hospitalized in July. In a statement to People, Lynn Bynes said: Keep reading »

Lawyer: Amanda Bynes Is Mentally Unfit For DUI Trial

  • Amanda Bynes is mentally unfit to attend her DUI trial, according to her lawyer. Bynes is reportedly battling “severe mental illness with schizophrenic tendencies.” [US Weekly]
  • Dina Lohan pleaded not guilty to drunk driving charges. Uh, didn’t she blow, like, a 2.0? How is she going to weasel her way out of this one? [People]
  • Check out the trailer for Aziz Ansari’s new standup special, “Buried Alive,” which debuts on Netflix on November 1. [ColorLines]
  • Forever 21 is now ripping off Ice Cube and N.W.A. lyrics. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Is Lena Dunham’s body fair game for The New York Times‘ style critic? [XX Factor] Keep reading »

“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 »
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