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Mommie Dearest: On Postpartum Depression

postpartum depression

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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This One's A Tearjerker

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 »
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