Monica “Danger” Leon goes public about her depression breakdown, hospitalization and her escape

Monica “Danger” Leon from VH1’s reality show For the Love of Ray J recently went public about her breakdown, her postpartum depression, her 5150 psychiatric hold in a Northern California hospital (after an incident involving her newborn daughter) and her subsequent escape from the institution. “People don’t know how serious of an illness postpartum depression […]

Rick Springfield writing tell-all book about his depression

Pop singer Rick Springfield is ramping up to write a tell all book about his colorful l♠ife. He is promising an “extremely candid” memoir detailing his long battle with depression. “Many of the things I have had to face in my life are universal issues like my lifelong battle with depression, my fear of failure, […]

Tom Ford’s Depression

Tom Ford the former Gucci/Yves St. Laurent designer has dealt with depression his whole life. “I have always struggled throughout my life with depression,” Ford, now 48, says. “I’ve never made any of this public because…well…I’m not one to wear any of this on my sleeve. When someone would come into my office in the […]

Alexa Ray Joel attempts suicide with St. John’s Wort?

A distraught Alexa Ray Joel, the 23 year old daughter of Billy “The Piano Man” Joel, succumbed to depression and swallowed 8 naturopathic pills containing St. John’s Wort and other benign herbs, then, thinking she was dying, freaked out and called 911. “EMS workers received a message from the 911 dispatcher saying: ‘Female caller. Took […]

Alicia Keys Album ‘Written About Her Depression’

Alicia “The Princess of Soul” Keys has revealed just how personal her new album ‘The Element of Freedom’ is. The record was written about her depressed feelings following the death of her grandmother. “With the last album, I was really trying to find myself and I was feeling extremely overworked.” Alicia says. “I was snappy, […]

Justin Duchscherer’s depression

Justin Duchscherer’s (“The Duke Of Hurl”) agent, Damon Lapa, said Tuesday that the free agent right-hander has made excellent progress with his clinical depression. Lapa described Duchscherer as “A happier and healthier person,” and said he’s working hard toward readying himself for the 2010 season. He’s reportedly drawing a good deal of interest around the […]

45,000 fans, pay last respects to Robert Enke

More than 45,000 fans gathered Sunday at the Hannover stadium for a memorial service for Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke, whose suicide has shaken the country. “Robert Enke will never come back to this stadium, the place where he conquered our hearts,” Hannover club president Martin Kind said at the beginning of the ceremony. “But it […]

Sandra Bullock suffered serious bouts of depression during the filming of “Gravity”

Locked in a black isolation tank for up to 10 hours at a time ‘Gravity’, actress Sandra Bullock succumbed to serious bouts of “situational depression.”

“It was very lonely,” said the actress. So much so that her director, Alfonso Cuaron had to keep a close eye on her to ensure she could function. Alfonso was aware of her condition because he had cameras constantly on her face “He would be like, ‘She’s cracking, she’s cracking, go get the kid’,” Bullock said on a recent talk show. Alfonso even built a parallel set, a virtual wonderland outside the set just so that they had access and could bring him to her for those moments when she was really down and needed a lift. “I was depressed, I was angry, I would get so sad because it was a black room, no human contact, they took away sound… Sandra has recently made it clear that her three year old son Louis is her first priority, so it’s no surprise that he has the power to lift her out of her depression.

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Sandra Bullock suffered serious bouts of depression during the filming of “Gravity”.

Nick Carter talks about drugs, Paris Hilton and his depression

Backstreet Boys star NICK CARTER opens up about the extent of his drug abuse issues in his new memoir, Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It, revealing that during the height of his problems, he took Ecstasy pills, cocaine and drank a large bottle of vodka a night. Nick says, “I regret taking Ecstasy. The amount I did caused changes to my brain that are responsible for my bouts of depression now.” He also shares some juicy details of ex-girlfriend Paris Hilton, admitting she was the wrong person for him at the lowest time of his life. He adds, “She fed my worst impulses as far as partying.” For more details on oxytocin and how to maintain successful relationships please go to

Dr. William Glasser, father of modern-day theories of “Happiness” dies.

Dr. William Glasser, the bestselling author of books on personal responsibility that earned him an international following, died Friday of pneumonia at his Los Angeles California home. He was 88. A renegade of his field, Dr. Glasser didn’t believe in dwelling on past behaviors or

subconscious thoughts. He also ignored most of the common diagnoses of mental disorders common to his profession. He believed there was really only one issue that drove people into therapy. “They are unhappy,” he said. His 1965 book Reality Therapy focused on unhappiness stemming from an individual’s inability to fulfill three basic needs: 1. The need to love. 2. The need to be loved. 3. The need to feel meaningful to ourselves and to others. To realized these three points Glasser advised patients to pursue these points in a positive manner. He held that even schizophrenics and manic depressives could benefit from his approach.

“Reality Therapy” sold about 1.5 million copies. In it, Glasser suggested revolutionary changes in the teaching process in schools like abolishing grades below A and B, the goal being to help students achieve higher competence. His William Glasser Institute was quickly endorsed 17 schools in the United States and three in Australia, Ireland and Slovenia. By 1971 600 schools and 8,900 teachers across the United States were using many of his ideas.

  Needless to say, his lack of classic educational discipline drew the indignation of traditionalists. Charles J. Sykes, author of Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why America’s Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can’t Read, Write or Add (1995) wrote: Glasser’s Schools Without Failure was a veritable handbook for schools that would fail over the next two-and-a-half decades.
Love him or hate him Dr. Gasser’s theory about happiness in life had a huge impact on the American consciousness. In a thumbnail sketch he suggests finding happiness via three points;

  1. Realizing what to do
  2. Realizing how to do it
  3. Finding the strength to get it done.

  Glasser maintains that the first two are the easiest, but the real struggle is with the 3rd. It is often what leads to the negative addictions; the belief that we cannot find the strength to get it done so we take an easier road, give up, or find pleasure in something else to distract our minds. He also suggests that if instead of escaping through negative addictions, we learn how to harness the power of positive addictions we can get access to this strength in #3 that will allow us to create the life we so desire.

  Glasser openly admitted that his own interest in psychology spawned from his own fundamentally shy nature. The son of a watch and clock repairman, he was born in Cleveland on May 11, 1925, and earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1945 from what is now Case Western Reserve University. After a brief, unhappy stint as an engineer, he returned to the university to study psychology. At the urging of a dean, he applied to medical school to become a psychiatrist and earned a medical degree from Case Western in 1953. He completed his medical residency under UCLA supervision at the Veterans Administration hospital in West Los Angeles, where he irritated his superiors with his anti-Freudian tendencies. “What they taught, in effect, was that you aren’t responsible for your miserable problems because you are the victim of factors and circumstances beyond your control,” Glasser said, in 1984. “I objected to that.… My thrust was that patients have to be worked with as if they have choices to make. My question is always, ‘What are you going to do about your life, beginning today?'”

  At the end of his residency, he said, “I was thrown off the staff.” Glaser’s approach was welcomed at his next job as staff psychiatrist at the Ventura School for Girls, a reform school in Ventura, where he taught troubled girls to take charge of their own behavior. Many of the case histories wound up in “Reality Therapy.” “He would hold them responsible for their behavior, not accept the fact that they could get away with blaming their past or society,” said Bob Wubbolding, a licensed psychologist in Cincinnati who was Glasser’s director of training for 23 years. “A lot of psychologists functioned on that basis but it wasn’t emphasized then, it wasn’t part of their formal training. That is his major contribution.”

  Today most textbooks in graduate counseling programs include chapters on reality therapy, which Glasser later called control theory or choice theory, Wubbolding said. Glasser wrote more than 20 books, including “The Quality School: Managing Students without Coercion” (1990) and “Warning, Psychiatry Can Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health” (2003). “His therapy was so effective that people got well quick, so he couldn’t make any money on it,” his wife, Carleen Glasser, said of his private practice. “So he started to write these books.” She was his coauthor on three books, including “Getting Together and Staying Together: Solving the Mystery of Marriage” (2000). He also wrote several books with his first wife, Naomi Glasser, who died in 1992. In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.