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Larry Nassar Begs Judge to Stop Witness Statements, ‘Mental Health’ Concerns

Scumbag convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar wrote a letter to the court begging to end the witness statements … saying the terrible stories of sexual assault are damaging his mental health.  Don’t worry … the judge shot his pathetic ass…

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Amanda Bynes: “Struggling” Amidst Mental Illness Relapse, Source Claims

For Amanda Bynes, the road to recovery has been a long and difficult one with many potholes and detours along the way.

Bynes’ struggle with mental illness played out in the public eye, and when she began to show signs of recovery earlier this year, fans rejoiced at the thought of having “the old Amanda” back.

Now, it seems their celebrations may have been premature.

Sources close to Bynes tell In Touch Weekly that the actress has suffered a “major relapse” and that she’s “struggling to regain control of her life. “

The news comes on the heels of a promising upswing, during which Bynes seemed to be getting the help she needed to repair her career and public image.

The positive changes in her Bynes’ behavior began earlier this year.

In April, Bynes returned to Twitter following an extended absence from the social media site.

Shortly thereafter, she gave her first interview in four years, during which she stated that she’s “doing great,” keeping busy, and looking forward to returning to acting.

“I’ve been going to school lately, fashion school, FIDM [the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising], and I love it. I’ve learned how to sew, I make patterns, and I want to start a clothing line in the future,” Bynes said.

“Other than that,” she continued, “I hike, I go spinning, take spinning classes, and I feed the homeless, and that’s been really interesting and fun.”

Sources verified that Bynes was once again pursuing an education after taking an extended hiatus:

“She began taking classes in the fall, even though she was kicked out before for showing up high as a kite,” said one fellow student.

“She seemed upbeat and talked about returning to TV.”

Unfortunately, the return to television never took place, and insiders say it’s Bynes’ inability to find work that touched off her latest meltdown.

The 31-year-old’s comeback came around the fifth anniversary of DUI arrest that seemed to trigger an extended downward spiral for Bynes.

In the months that followed, her drug use increased, and her behavior became more erratic, a pattern that culminated in Bynes being placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold and hospitalized for several months.

Here’s hoping Amanda can somehow regain that momentum and get back on the road to recovery.

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Kanye West: How He’s Doing Nearly One Year After Mental Breakdown

Can you believe it’s almost been one whole year since Kanye West had his breakdown?

It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long at all, but then again, time flies when you have as much drama as the Kardashian family does.

Seriously, in the time since Kanye’s breakdown, he and Kim have found a surrogate and are expecting their third child, Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian have gotten pregnant.

The whole family has had a falling out with Caitlyn Jenner, Scott Disick has been on his scariest downward spiral yet.

Kendall Jenner has found herself in a series of pickles, and there have been more plastic surgery rumors than you can shake a stick at, for the whole lot of them.

There’s been a ton of stuff happening with these people, — keeping up with them takes more than a lame one-hour television show, we’ll tell you that much.

With that constant stream of information on these people, it makes it hard to remember what happened when, or to keep tabs on the family members with less of a public presence.

And remember, ever since that breakdown of his, Kanye has mostly stayed out of the limelight.

But thanks to a wonderful new report from Us Weekly, we have an update on Kanye and his mental health.

And great news: he’s doing great!

“Kanye is in a good place right now,” a source claims. “He’s working on his music and laying low.”

Not only that, but “He’s been focused on staying calm and not doing anything to mess his mindset up. He’s in the zone.”

“He’s the best he’s ever been — he’s very stable,” the source continues.

“There haven’t been any manic outbursts. You’re going to see a calm Kanye who is taking it day by day.”

On another happy note, the insider adds that “He and Kim are stronger than ever,” too.

Not too bad, huh? Especially considering that not too long ago, Kanye was allegedly suffering from severe mental illness and you couldn’t get on the internet without seeing stories about his impending divorce.

We still don’t know all the details about what happened last year, or if there was any real truth to all the Kimye divorce rumors.

We do know that in the weeks before his breakdown, Kanye was behaving pretty strangely — he bashed former close friends Jay Z and Beyonce in emotional rants during concerts.

He also expressed his support for Donald Trump more than once, which was alarming, to say the least.

Some reports claimed that his issues were simply.due to exhaustion, while others claimed that he was depressed and paranoid and possibly violent.

A popular theory was that Kanye was deeply shaken by Kim’s Paris robbery, and that the anniversary of his mother’s death just a few weeks later pushed him over the edge.

As for the divorce rumors, most sources said that Kim and Kanye’s problems were also started by the robbery — she felt like he wasn’t there for her like she needed him to be because of his own issues.

But hey, at this point, all of this seems like water under the bridge, right?

Congrats on all the progress, Kanye!

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Kate Middleton Introduces a Children’s Mental Health Video Resource!

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families produced an animated video designed to show children how to talk about mental health issues. That's a wonderful resource for many children.

Kate Middleton, who is a patron of the organization, provides the introduction, lending her voice and celebrity status to a worthy cause.

We have the short video for you below, and it's really worth watching.

We would expect nothing less from the Duchess of Cambridge.

This isn't just because Kate Middleton is already a mother of two, with a third on the way. Though, obviously, this kind of topic is going to be near and dear to her heart as a mother.

By marrying into the British Royal Family, Kate Middleton did more than just become an implied villain on Grimm.

(Don't ask)

She inherited a lot of responsibilities — one of which being that she'll very probably be queen in the not-so-distant future.

Overall, she has an obligation to the British people — whose tax dollars include millions specifically for the royals — to use her influence and celebrity status for positive effect.

One of the ways that she's doing this is by introducing this video, aimed at children, that talks about mental and emotional health.

Mental health is very complicated.

Until very recently, the subject was almost taboo among most people.

It's been pointed out that Millennials, stereotypically, are willing to bluntly discuss things like depression and anxiety.

Part of that is being the first generation to grow up with evolving technology, from the internet to social media.

This provided not only access to mental health resources that aren't hidden behind a paywall (as actually seeing a therapist is), but has allowed Millennials to engage with each other and share their own experiences.

There's where you get conversations where people say "oh, I've always done that … I never knew that it was called executive dysfunction!" or "wait, my life doesn't feel like it looks like on those commercials, but it sounds like I'm depressed."

Knowing the names for ways that you're feeling puts you one step closer to finding helpful coping mechanisms.

This video is for younger children, though, and doesn't use diagnostic terminology or talk about "coping mechanisms" in a formal way.

Rather it talks about feelings.

Some of us don't live on emotional roller coasters now that we're adults, and under normal circumstances are feelings are more or less limited to feelings like contentmenthungry, and drunk.

For children, however (and for many adults), there's a whole spectrum of feelings that their tiny little bodies and still-developing brains cannot contain.

Magnifying that is the general powerlessness of children and the fact that a lot of parents don't have a clue on how to listen to a child and know what's normal for children and what could be a sign of mental illness.

So a lot of what the video talks about is how children can start conversations with their parents, teachers, and even their peers about how they've been feeling lately and what symptoms they've been experienced.

But it's all handled so informally that they avoid medical jargon at all costs. 

It's important to note (though the video does not) that, in many cases, symptoms of mental health problems in young children can be signs of abuse of various types.

This is a great way to talk about this without making abused children reflexively defensive about what's been happening to them.

A child might be afraid to tell an adult what's happened to them at home, but they might not associate their trouble sleeping and stomach aches and acting out with the trauma that they are enduring.

Adorably, the video even deals with how to show good listening skills if a friend comes up to talk to them about mental health.

Always with the suggestion that an adult might be better equipped to help out with the problem.

It's wonderful that Kate Middleton provided the introduction for this video.

By lending her voice, she gives it more weight and more reach.

There are too many people who still see mental health as a personal failing in which they do not see purely physical ailments. That's sad, and only education can change that.

Even if you don't have kids, this video is cute:

Kate 

 

We would expect nothing less from the Duchess of Cambridge.

By marrying into the British Royal Family, Kate Middleton did more than just become an implied villain on Grimm.

(Don't ask)

She inherited a lot of responsibilities — one of which being that she'll very probably be queen in the not-so-distant future.

Overall, she has an obligation to the British people — whose tax dollars include millions specifically for the royals — to use her influence and celebrity status for positive effect.

One of the ways that she's doing this is by introducing this video, aimed at children, that talks about mental and emotional health.

Mental health is very complicated.

Until very recently, the subject was almost taboo among most people.

It's been pointed out that Millennials, stereotypically, are willing to bluntly discuss things like depression and anxiety.

Part of that is being the first generation to grow up with evolving technology, from the internet to social media.

This provided not only access to mental health resources that aren't hidden behind a paywall (as actually seeing a therapist is), but has allowed Millennials to engage with each other and share their own experiences.

There's where you get conversations where people say "oh, I've always done that … I never knew that it was called executive dysfunction!" or "wait, my life doesn't feel like it looks like on those commercials, but it sounds like I'm depressed."

Knowing the names for ways that you're feeling puts you one step closer to finding helpful coping mechanisms.

This video is for younger children, though, and doesn't use diagnostic terminology or talk about "coping mechanisms" in a formal way.

Rather it talks about feelings.

Some of us don't live on emotional roller coasters now that we're adults, and under normal circumstances are feelings are more or less limited to feelings like contentmenthungry, and drunk.

For children, however (and for many adults), there's a whole spectrum of feelings that their tiny little bodies and still-developing brains cannot contain.

Magnifying that is the general powerlessness of children and the fact that a lot of parents don't have a clue on how to listen to a child and know what's normal for children and what could be a sign of mental illness.

So a lot of what the video talks about is how children can start conversations with their parents, teachers, and even their peers about how they've been feeling lately and what symptoms they've been experienced.

But it's all handled so informally that they avoid medical jargon at all costs. 

It's important to note (though the video does not) that, in many cases, symptoms of mental health problems in young children can be signs of abuse of various types.

This is a great way to talk about this without making abused children reflexively defensive about what's been happening to them.

A child might be afraid to tell an adult what's happened to them at home, but they might not associate their trouble sleeping and stomach aches and acting out with the trauma that they are enduring.

Adorably, the video even deals with how to show good listening skills if a friend comes up to talk to them about mental health.

Always with the suggestion that an adult might be better equipped to help out with the problem.

It's wonderful that Kate Middleton provided the introduction for this video.

By lending her voice, she gives it more weight and more reach.

There are too many people who still see mental health as a personal failing in which they do not see purely physical ailments. That's sad, and only education can change that.

Even if you don't have kids, this video is cute:

 

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Demi Lovato: I’m NOT Defined by My Mental Illness!

Demi Lovato’s so much more than her gorgeous ab selfies or even her music.

She’s an advocate for mental health and has been very forthcoming with the public about her bipolar disorder.

So some of what Demi had to say in a recent interview might catch some fans off-guard.

Demi Lovato told Elvis Duran the iHeart Radio show, Label Defiers, that she doesn’t want to be defined by her mental illness.

“I think when people refer to me as being bipolar, it’s something that’s true — I am bipolar — but I don’t like people to use it as a label.”

Different people feel comfortable or uncomfortable with labels in general.

Others accept and embrace certain labels while rejecting others, and there’s a whole list of different criteria that different people might use to decide whether they like something as part of their identity or not.

But Demi doesn’t want to think of being bipolar as an identity.

“It’s something that I have, it’s not who I am.”

That’s fair.

Demi’s position actually puts her at odds with a trend among Millennials who deal with mental illness, chronic illness, or neurodivergence in general.

While opinions about labels themselves can vary, many Millennials embrace their identities — and include disabilities and other fixtures in their daily lives as parts (wanted or otherwise) of who they are.

Whether a person has a form of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or suffers from depression, it’s not uncommon to see Millennials talk openly — at least with each other — about their problems in order to be honest with their friends and exchange advice.

There are also therapeutic elements to sharing your experiences with others — sometimes talking about depression can help a person move forward despite their illness.

After all, not every illness or chronic condition has a cure or even an effective treatment.

Thanks to the internet, there are entire communities made up of people who discuss their coping strategies for everything from OCD to physical disabilities.

To many people, making something like bipolar disorder part of their identity helped improve their lives.

But that’s not true for everyone.

Some people who are overweight and who want to lose weight embrace the “fat” label to feel better about themselves and therefore more motivated to work on their flesh prisons by exercising and changing dietary habits.

For others, the motivation to make that change comes from focusing on where they want to be in life.

Bipolar disorder is very different, as there are medications and treatment options, but nothing in the way of a cure.

For Demi, however, looking at the life that she wants to live and focusing on that might be more effective as part of combating her bipolar disorder (in combination with medication, of course) than thinking of the disorder as part of who she is.

Demi Lovato has a history of paying attention to what people are going to say and how they are likely to respond to her.

That doesn’t mean that she’ll change what she’s going to say, though.

(That’s kind of what “Sorry Not Sorry” is all about, really)

So we think that Demi was pretty careful with her phrasing here, avoiding slamming bipolar folks who might feel differently than she does.

She’s thoughtful like that.

She’s also thoughtful enough to share amazingly hot photos all of the time over Instagram, so it’s basically impossible to have a problem with her.

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Troian Bellisario Opens Up About Mental Illness: It Was a Difficult Journey!

Troian Bellisario is one of the most influential actresses around, and she has not been shy about her experiences with mental illness. 

The 31-year-old Pretty Little Liars graduate opened up about her experiences to Lenny Letter. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a newsletter run by Lena Dunham and Jennifer Konner. 

The actress opens by recalling a time in her life when she was swimming in a lake with a close friend. The lake was cold, and the star commented that she felt discomfort, yet could not remove herself from the water. 

It’s a worrying visual to imagine, but that was a sign that the actress was suffering from mental health. 

She opens up candidly about her body telling her to get out of the lake, but she did not want to show weakness in front of the friend. 

“Here I am, 31 years old,” the actress wrote.

“And I’m still denying my body the one thing it is asking me to do: take care of it.”

What we love about Troian is that she is an inspiration. She does not hide anything from fans and opens up whenever she’s given the opportunity. 

She moved on to chat about a difficult time filming Pretty Little Liars when she was faced with harsh Canadian weather. 

“I looked around: Lucy [Hale], Ashley [Benson] and Shay [Mitchell] all seemed cold but fine; they looked professional, powerful,” Bellisario wrote.

“Was I not cut out for this? I pushed that thought out of my mind. Suck it up, Bellisario, do your job.”

Bellisario then opened up about her experience writing, producing and starring in her film Feed. She wanted to create a project out of her struggles; one that would hopefully help other people.

She even goes as far as saying that the movie helped her differentiate herself from her mental illness,

“It was a difficult journey finding my way back to health,” the actress wrote.

“Through hard introspection, intense medical and mental care, a supportive family, friends and patient and loving partner, I survived, which is rare.”

The actress opened up last month to Interview Magazine about her struggles with an eating disorder. 

“I couldn’t get anyone — even the people who loved me the most, even my boyfriend or my mother or my father — to understand what that experience was truly like for me,” she said at the time. 

Troian has been keeping busy since her seven-year-stint on Pretty Little Liars came to a close, and has booked a role on Richard Linklater’s latest project, Where’d You Go, Bernadette. 

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