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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

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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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