Why Mental Health Disorders and Addiction…DON”T DISCRIMINATE

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Let’s Talk… Philip Seymour Hoffman suffered from a chronic medical condition that required ongoing treatment.  To  have an individual who used drugs in his  20’s and stops for 20 years. Then relapse in his  40’s and overdose is  a story that is  unfortunate but  is not infrequent.

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Some of the most successful people in the world struggle with Mental Health, Behavioral Health, Emotional Health  and Addiction issues. Many credit the journey associated those struggles with enhancing their lives and contributing to their success.

In her 1990 autobiography Breaking the Silence, Mariette Hartley talked about her struggles with psychological problems, pointing directly at Watson’s practical application of his theories as the source of the dysfunction in his family. She has also spoken in public about her experience of bipolar disorder, and was a founder of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In 2009, Hartley spoke at a suicide and violence prevention forum about her father's suicide.

In her 1990 autobiography Breaking the Silence, Mariette Hartley talked about her struggles with psychological problems, pointing directly at Watson’s practical application of his theories as the source of the dysfunction in his family. She has also spoken in public about her experience of bipolar disorder, and was a founder of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In 2009, Hartley spoke at a suicide and violence prevention forum about her father’s suicide.

Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. is an American astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He has documented his battles against depression and alcoholism in Magnificent Desolation. Aldrin was Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. In 2011 he appeared in the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, where he explains to Optimus Prime and the Autobots that the Apollo 11 mission also discovered a Cybertronian ship on the moon whose existence was concealed from the public.

Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. is an American astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He has documented his battles against depression and alcoholism.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of U.S. suffered from severe and debilitating and on occasion  suicidal depressions, as recorded by Carl Sandburg. “A tendency to melancholy” Lincoln once wrote in a letter to a friend, “...let it  be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault.” The most amazing part of his story was the sheer  determination with which he willed himself to overcome his serious affliction and still achieve all  he was able to achieve for a young and troubled nation at war with itself.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of U.S. suffered from severe and debilitating and on occasion suicidal depressions, as recorded by Carl Sandburg. “A tendency to melancholy” Lincoln once wrote in a letter to a friend, “…let it be observed, is a misfortune, not a fault.” The most amazing part of his story was the sheer determination with which he willed himself to overcome his serious affliction and still achieve all he was able to achieve for a young and troubled nation at war with itself.

Terry Paxton Bradshaw is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. In addition to anxiety attacks, his symptoms included weight loss, frequent crying, and sleeplessness. He was diagnosed with clinical depression. Since then he has taken Paxil regularly. He chose to speak out about his depression to overcome the stigma associated with it and to urge others to seek help. He is currently a TV analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday.

Terry Paxton Bradshaw is a former American football quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. In addition to anxiety attacks, his symptoms included weight loss, frequent crying, and sleeplessness. He was diagnosed with clinical depression. Since then he has taken Paxil regularly. He chose to speak out about his depression to overcome the stigma associated with it and to urge others to seek help.

Lady Gaga has been open about her body image issues and her battles with bulimia and anorexia.

Lady Gaga has been open about her body image issues and her battles with bulimia and anorexia.

Marshall Bruce Mathers III better known by his stage name Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM) and by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. In a 2009 interview, Mathers admitted that at the height of his addiction, he considered suicide, saying that, "I just wasn't taking care of myself, at times I wanted to just give it up." He has sold more than 42 million tracks and 49.1 million albums in the United States, and 100 million albums worldwide.

Marshall Bruce Mathers III better known by his stage name Eminem (often stylized as EMINƎM) and by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. In a 2009 interview, Mathers admitted that at the height of his addiction, he considered suicide, saying that, “I just wasn’t taking care of myself, at times I wanted to just give it up.

Alexander "Alec" Baldwin is an American actor. He contemplated suicide over the voice mail that leaked to the public. Of the incident, he said "I spoke to a lot of professionals, who helped me." Since 2006 he has starred as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, receiving critical acclaim for his performance and winning two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards for his work on the show, making him the male performer with the most SAG Awards ever.

Alexander “Alec” Baldwin is an American actor. He contemplated suicide.

 

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, known mononymously as Beyoncé is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. In 1999 she experienced depression that lasted for a couple of years, during which she kept herself in her bedroom for days and refused to eat anything. In 2010, Knowles was ranked first on Forbes list of the "100 Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World". She has sold over over 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, known mononymously as Beyoncé is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. In 1999 she experienced depression.

Patrick J.Kennedy suffers from bipolar disorder, and has struggled with alcoholism, asthma, and depression for a good portion of his life.

Patrick J.Kennedy suffers from bipolar disorder, and has struggled with alcoholism, asthma, and depression for a good portion of his life.

 

 Catherine Zeta Jones

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The Welsh actress who has won Academy, Screen Actors and BAFTA awards suffers from bipolar disorder. In April 2011, Catherine checking herself into Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut and sought treatment for bipolar II disorder.

 Society needs to be educated that addiction and mental health are bed partners. They are silent demons that can  ruin your life. Until society wakes up and replaces the shame and the  stigma that people do  relapse,   many more people  will continue to die.

 “It is the shame of being clean and sober  with  the shame of letting yourself and the people that believed in you down”

Addiction is a chronic, progressive illness. No one can be cured. Abstinence or substitute prescription medication is often required to prevent the addict from losing control around his desired substance.No matter how long you’ve been clean, if you take  any drug, you’re at high, high risk of relapse. now RECOVERY is possible with treatment continuity of care,  lifestyle changes, awareness and rehab may be part of treatment, it’s no antidote.

Amy Winehouse and Cory Monteith had both been to rehab before eventually dying from overdoses.  Success has no more bearing on drug addiction and mental health disorders  than it does on heart failure.  Both can be fatal without consistent care love and understanding.