Posts tagged "mental illness"

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…

Jessica Wakeman / October 16, 2013

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

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 u…

Claire Hannum / October 3, 2013

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 thi…

Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2013

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

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…

Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2013

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

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”…

Ami Angelowicz / August 12, 2013

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

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…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 9, 2013

Amanda Bynes’ Psychiatric Hold Extended, Mother Granted Conservatorship

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…

Jessica Wakeman / August 9, 2013

12 Things Your Therapist Says And What It Really Means

“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…

Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2013

Amanda Bynes Reportedly Battling Schizophrenia

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…

Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2013

Amanda Bynes’ Parents Fear Schizophrenia, Seek Conservatorship

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…

Jessica Wakeman / July 24, 2013

Dog Soaked In Gasoline Before Amanda Bynes Placed Under Psychiatric Hold

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”…

Jessica Wakeman / July 24, 2013

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

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…

Mary Odell / July 3, 2013

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

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…

Claire Mysko / June 25, 2013

Amanda Bynes Claims, Via Text Message To Friend, Her Breakdown Is Just An Act

Nope. Nuh uh. Not buying it. [Daily Mail UK]
Cue “Achy Breaky Heart” headlines: Miley Cyrus’ momma Tish Cyrus has filed from divorce from Billy Ray Cyrus. If you recall, back in 2010, Billy Ray filed for divorce from Tish — over rumors she romped with Bret Michaels — but then changed his mind.

Jessica Wakeman / June 14, 2013

Courtney Love: “‘Crazy’ Is A Word That Doesn’t Affect Me”

“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.

Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2013

Is There A Penalty For Powerful Women Admitting Mental Illness?

Is there a penalty for a woman who breaks through the glass ceiling and, then, from her position of power, admits that she struggled with mental illness in her past?

Yesterday New York City’s Speaker of the City Council and the Democratic candidate for mayor Christine Quinn revealed in the New York Times

Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2013

MSNBC Host Mika Brzezinski Opens Up About Exercise Bulimia

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski has opened up about an eating disorder she has struggled with throughout her life: exercise bulimia — a compulsion to binge eat food and then overexercise to burn off the calories.

People with exercise bulimia will exercise several times a day, multiple days a week even whe…

Jessica Wakeman / April 26, 2013

The Soapbox: Ashley Judd And What It Means When We Talk About Gender & Mental Health

This piece was cross-posted with permission from the Ms. Magazine Blog

On Tuesday, Mother Jones released an audio recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaking with members of his reelection staff. Much of the conversation focused on actor Ashley Judd, who, until recently, was rumored to be mulling a run against the current Senate GOP leader.

Stassa Edwards / April 13, 2013

Feminist Blogger Reveals Eating Disorder, Apologizes To Readers

Living one’s values are difficult for any human. Living one’s values when those values are idealistic, compassionate, and come from a deep and open heart can be extremely difficult. Life throws “life” at you and you seek to respond in the way that would make you feel proud of yourself.

That doesn’t alway…

Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2013

Fetishes 101: All The Basics About Having A Sexual Fetish Or Paraphilia

“I have a shopping fetish!”

“I have a total fetish for caramel-covered popcorn — it’s my favorite snack!”

“She watches the Kardashians’ shows because she has a weird Kim fetish. She’s wants to dress like her so badly.”

You’ve probably heard a comment like this at least once a…

Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2013