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'Sinead O'Connor Is Gone,' Singer Says

She talks mom, mental illness with Dr. Phil

(Newser) - "I'm fed up of being defined as the crazy person," says Sinead O'Connor. A month after speaking of suicidal thoughts in a Facebook video , O'Connor opens up about mental illness and her troubling childhood in an interview with Dr. Phil, set to air on his... More »

Attempted-Bombing Suspect's Family Is 'Flabbergasted' at FBI

Jerry Drake Varnell's parents says he has schizophrenia—and FBI took advantage

(Newser) - The family of the Oklahoma man accused of plotting to blow up a bank says they're "heartbroken" but stand by Jerry Drake Varnell—who got caught up in a situation spurred by his mental illness and only made possible with aid from the FBI. NewsOK posts a statement... More »

Annie Lennox Joins Those Concerned About Sinead

Troubled Irish singer posted a video last week showing her in distressed state at NJ motel

(Newser) - Sinead O'Connor has had her fair share of troubles over the years, and now she's back in the spotlight after a Facebook video showing her in a more recent state of distress. The 50-year-old singer put up the video Thursday, explaining she suffers from "three mental illnesses"... More »

Artist Chihuly on Mental Illness: 'I Don't Have Neutral Very Much'

Glass art pioneer talks about highs, lows of his struggles with bipolar disorder

(Newser) - The private studio of glass artist Dale Chihuly reflects his obsession with collecting, from stamps and pocket knives to carnival-prize figurines on shelves that reach the ceiling. But amid the ordered clutter, some items hint at something more: a long row of Ernest Hemingway titles in one bookcase, an entire... More »

The Real Reason Behind King George III's 'Madness'

Letters reveal the British monarch really was mentally ill

(Newser) - Before Aerys II Targaryen, the man known as the "Mad King" was Britain's King George III, prone to bouts of mania that left him foaming at the mouth and writhing on the floor. There have been no shortage of theories as to what afflicted George III, from psychotic... More »

John Hinckley Is Back Home With Mom—but Is He 'Better'?

Lisa Miller's take for Daily Intelligencer shows why that's a tough question to answer

(Newser) - The man who tried to kill Ronald Reagan to impress actress Jodie Foster was released from a mental facility in September after nearly 35 years, and now that he's home (under rigid limitations) with his nonagenarian mom in Williamsburg, Va., 61-year-old John Hinckley Jr. is trying to rebuild his... More »

Study Offers Good News for Cat Owners

Owning a cat doesn't boost risk of mental illness: study

(Newser) - New research is sure to get cat owners purring: Despite suggestions that cats may boost one's risk of psychiatric disorders and other mental illnesses , a new study finds people who grow up in a house with cats are no more likely to suffer from mental illness than those who... More »

Ricki Lake's 'Beloved Soulmate' Dies After Mental Illness Battle

Former talk-show host remembers ex-husband Christian Evans in Instagram post

(Newser) - "The world didn't understand this man, but I did." That heartbreaking statement appeared on Ricki Lake's Instagram feed on Tuesday in which she announced the death of ex-husband Christian Evans, who Page Six reported died after struggling with mental illness. The 48-year-old former talk-show host, who... More »

Lady Gaga: 'I Have a Mental Illness'

PTSD, specifically, singer reveals

(Newser) - During a visit to a Harlem shelter for homeless LGBT youth as part of NBC's #ShareKindness campaign, Lady Gaga revealed that she struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder after being raped years ago . "I told the kids today, 'I suffer from PTSD.' I've never told anyone... More »

Sad Reason Why Ex-Inmate's Freedom Lasted Just 103 Days

Dealing with mental illness, addiction in Mass. prisons and in real world stacks deck against certain prisoners

(Newser) - It can be tough for ex-inmates to stay out of trouble when they get out prison, but for those with drug problems or battling mental illness in Massachusetts, the transition is even more of a struggle, per a piece by the Boston Globe's Spotlight team. A Department of Correction... More »

Kubrick's Daughter Starts Fundraiser for Shelley Duvall

Vivian Kubrick has raised more than $16K to help the actress get healthy

(Newser) - Vivian Kubrick, daughter of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, says Shelley Duvall's appearance Friday on Dr. Phil had "nothing to do with compassionate healing," E! Online reports. While some have called for a boycott of the show for exploiting the 67-year-old actress, Kubrick—who hasn't seen Duvall... More »

Experts Chip Away at Mystery of van Gogh's Breakdowns

They say the Dutch artist was plagued by short psychotic episodes

(Newser) - It's long been known Vincent van Gogh had issues: He sliced off his ear during an 1888 breakdown, which was followed by his apparent suicide in 1890. Now a group of experts has concluded the Dutch artist was plagued by short psychotic episodes during his last 18 months of... More »

He Killed in US and Canada, but the Verdicts Were Very Different

Glen Race has a history of schizophrenia, is now at Attica

(Newser) - Not in dispute: Glen Race killed two men in his native Canada in 2007, then a US man at a remote cabin in New York state as he made his way south toward Mexico. Also not in dispute: Race, 26 at the time of the killings, has a history of... More »

Cops: Man Who Wanted to Kill Trump Was Willing to Die

Michael Sandford has history of mental illness

(Newser) - A British man accused of telling authorities he wanted to kill Donald Trump was unemployed, living out of his car, and had been treated in the past for OCD and anorexia, authorities say. People who knew 20-year-old Michael Sandford, arrested at a Las Vegas rally on Saturday, tell the AP... More »

With His Mind Slipping, a Killer Took to the Forest

The story of a 35-day hunt for a fugitive in the California woods

(Newser) - One logger summed up the hunt this way: "So what you're saying is, in 400 square miles, you're not trying to find a rabbit. You're trying to find the rabbit—and the rabbit has an assault rifle." Such was the task faced by authorities in... More »

Rare Disease Can Make You Think You're Dead

Cotard's syndrome is mysterious but treatable

(Newser) - Worry about your health at times? Well, at least you don't believe you have no body parts, blood, or organs, or consider yourself dead or immortal. Yet those are among the beliefs plaguing people with Cotard’s syndrome, an illness discovered in 1880 that's extremely rare and awful... More »

To Help Others, College President Reveals Suicide Attempts

Santa Ono says he wants to smash stigma surrounding mental illness

(Newser) - Those who follow the University of Cincinnati's president on Twitter may have been thrown by a tweet he posted over the weekend, as well as by a speech he made at a local event. "My message tonight: There should be no stigma for those with mental illness. I... More »

'Disturbed' Man Detained Near Taylor Swift's Home

Sources say 25-year-old stopped in NYC had also shown up near singer's RI residence

(Newser) - A "disheveled" man who sources say had previously been caught lurking near Taylor Swift's home in Rhode Island was detained Tuesday while hanging around outside of her Tribeca apartment in New York City and ringing her doorbell, police say, per Page Six . He's been identified as 25-year-old... More »

6 States With Most Mental Illness

West Virginians especially struggle with it

(Newser) - Nearly 10 million Americans experience a serious mental illness within any one year, and 24/7 Wall St. outlines the 12 states that have the largest adult populations struggling with various forms of mental illness, including depression and bipolar disorder. To come up with this ranking, the site examined surveys administered... More »

Bowe Bergdahl Diagnosed With Schizophrenia-like Mental Disorder

'The ball was dropped'

(Newser) - For the first time, we know what "severe mental disease or defect" Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have been suffering from when he decided to walk away from an Army base in Afghanistan in 2009, the Washington Post reports. The condition is known as schizotypal personality disorder. It's similar... More »

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