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Actor and writer Sharon Horgan says she is now seeing a therapist, or ‘going the normal person’s route’, to deal with her anxiety. Photograph: Anthony Harvey/Rex/Shutterstock

Catastrophe star Sharon Horgan tells of mental health ordeal

Sharon Horgan “lost her mind completely”, falling into mental illness and anxiety during five months spent away from her family in New York working on her American comedy drama, Divorce, she has confided.

The Irish actor and writer, who has just turned 50, suffered the bout of OCD and anxiety while she produced the HBO series, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church.

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Kim Kardashian West breaks silence on Kanye West’s mental health, asks for “compassion and empathy”


Kim Kardashian West is addressing her husband Kanye West’s struggle with bipolar disorder in a heartfelt message on Instagram. The 43-year-old rapper’s mental health has come under increased scrutiny in recent days.

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Kanye West’s Recent Breakdown Highlights How Social Media Further Stigmatizes Mental Health Challenges In The Black Community

While a manic episode – highly publicized or otherwise – does not give license to be abusive nor is it an exemption from accountability – some argue that it does provide a possible context for his troubling behavior. This begs the question: where is the line drawn between social media being used as a tool to connect as opposed to a voyeuristic cattle prod that insulates judgment and bias and how might either mitigate or reinforce the current mental health stigma that exists in the Black community?

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Classic film star’s work included progressive film detailing mental illness

With Olivia de Havilland’s passing on Sunday, Tuesday Newsday would like to remember her and her work, particularly in “The Snake Pit” (1948).

This film adaptation of Mary Jane Ward’s groundbreaking novel put Olivia de Havilland in the role as the seemingly schizophrenic Virginia. Ms. de Havilland showcases the vulnerability and fear of encroaching mental illness. The film would be the first to, at the time, showcase what a mental institution actually looked like and, for 1948, was progressive in its detailing of mental illness as affecting anyone.

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