Posts tagged "mental illness"

Isabelle Caro, French Model With Anorexia, Dies At 28

Isabelle Caro, a French model who literally became the poster girl for anorexia, passed away last month at age 28. Her acting coach confirmed the model died on November 17, although Caro’s specific cause of death is unclear. Isabelle’s skeletal body appeared on Milanese billboards in 2007 under the words “No Anorexia” as a warning…

Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2010

Love Potion Is Being Used To Treat Mental Illness

Oxytocin, that amazing hormone that gets you high when you fall in love, may be the miracle cure for mental illness. Researchers have been using the love spray as an experimental treatment for schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, and autism. How does it work? Scientists don’t know exactly, but increased levels of oxytoci…

Ami Angelowicz / December 6, 2010

Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” Trailer Actually Doesn’t Look Terrible

It pains me to say this, but the trailer for Mel Gibson’s new film, “The Beaver,” directed by his BFF Jodie Foster, doesn’t look terrible. Mel plays a father and husband who goes under the psychological care of a prescription beaver puppet to “put some distance between himself and the negative aspects of…

Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2010

“Ugly Betty” Actor Michael Brea Killed Mom With Samurai Sword

Sad, disturbing news in New York City last night: actor Michael Brea, 31, who had small roles on “Ugly Betty” and in “Step Up 3D,” was arrested after killing his mother with a samurai sword. Police said Brea hacked up and decapitated his 55-year-old mom, Yannick Brea, in the middle of the night while screaming…

Jessica Wakeman / November 23, 2010

Dear Wendy Updates: “Excited But Lost” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Excited but Lost,” who was eager to start dating a year and a half after being diagnosed bipolar…

Wendy Atterberry / November 22, 2010

Girl Talk: My Mother Is A Hoarder

The smell of ammonia—a holdover from when the cat was sick—is the first thing I notice, before the dust seeps into my nostrils, making my eyes itch. The door doesn’t fully open, blocked by boxes in the entryway. The piles of craft projects, winter coats, and litter are pushing out from the walls, trying to…

Cassandra Dalton / October 26, 2010

“I Love Anorexia” T-Shirts Prove It’s Hard To Make Eating Disorders Remotely Funny

I love a meta-commentary as much as the next person, but some things are just tacky — invoking the Nazis while discussing health care reform, for example. T-shirts emblazoned with the words “I love anorexia” also fit the bill.

Jessica Wakeman / October 25, 2010

Girl Talk: In Praise Of Mental Health Days

When I was growing up I had a friend who was as aloof as she was glamorous. She had a way of holding the cutest and most charming boys in her thrall and all the girls wanted her to like them. Whenever she had problems with her romances, her schoolwork, her friends or her family,…

Jessica Wakeman / September 21, 2010

Quotable: Megan Fox Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

“This is a sickness. I have an illness. Every time someone uses a bathroom and they flush, all the bacteria is shot into the air.” Megan Fox, who very well may have OCD, but nevertheless lacks a basic understanding of how pathogens actually work. [People via Allure]…

Jessica Wakeman / May 18, 2010

Is TV Helping To De-Stigmatize Mental Illness?

It’s the time of year when production companies start working on pilots for shows they hope will be picked up to air next year. One such show is “The Quickening,” which will be written by the awesome Jennifer Salt of “Nip/Tuck” and will star the lovely Radha Mitchell as a bipolar detective whose medication stabilize…

Jessica Goldberg / October 14, 2009

Lawsuit Mom Says Bullying Led To Girl’s Eating Disorder

A Pennsylvania mother is suing her daughter’s school system because she said classroom bullying caused her daughter to develop anorexia.

The lawsuit alleged that in 6th grade, three boys called the girl “fat” and two more boys joined the taunting during her 7th grade school year. One year later, the girl checked into…

Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2009

Pillow Cases: 37-Year-Old Japanese Man In Love With His Anime Cartoon Pillow

Meet Nisan, a 37-year-old man who lives with his parents outside a suburb of Toyko. Now meet his girlfriend Nemu, who is about 12 years old.

Nisan’s girlfriend isn’t a real 12-year-old girl, fortunately. She’s a body pillow with a picture of an X-rated anime character on it, from a game called Da Capo.

Jessica Wakeman / July 27, 2009

Quickies!: Margaret Cho Is Maaaad!

Find out who pissed off funnygirl Margaret Cho. [Tango]
Abortion is never an easy choice. [College Candy]
Engaging in kinky sex isn’t a mental illness, but the American Psychiatric Association doesn’t know that. [Daily Bedpost]
The first step to creating a perfect wardrobe is buy less, spend more. Weird. We thought it was buy more,…

Annika Harris / September 18, 2008

Hormones May Make You Less Crazy

Ironically, hormones, the thing that causes women to become emotionally irrational at times (specifically once a month), may actually help ladies who suffer from schizophrenia. Dr. Jayashri Kulkami, MBBS, PhD, applied the old adage that there’s a grain of truth in every joke when she heard her patients were covering up for their symptoms by…

Simcha / August 8, 2008
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