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Celebrity Mental Health Musings Take Center Stage as Psych Central Adds New Blog
Date:12/16/2008

Alicia Sparks to Set Mental Health Blogging on Fire with 'Celebrity Psychings'

NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Sex, drugs, and rock & roll was only the beginning. Today Psych Central(R) (www.PsychCentral.com) announced the addition of "Celebrity Psychings," a new blog discussing mental health issues and psychology topics with celebrities. Musicians, actors and other members of the media take center stage as professional blogger Alicia Sparks tackles issues head on while she adds her own flair and injects a dash of humility into what are often sensationalized topics.

"Alicia has been a creative, insightful voice in mental health blogging for some time now," said Dr. John Grohol, Psy.D., founder and publisher of Psych Central. "I'm honored to have her join our team to focus on the intersection of mental health and celebrity because it offers a unique opportunity to help reduce the stigma of mental disorders."

As the former writer for Mental Health Notes, Sparks doesn't choose topics on the basis of what's going to garner the most attention. Instead, she attacks issues as they unfold from a grounding of dignity and appreciation. She builds upon current events in the media as an entree to the serious mental health concerns celebrities often face. This invites a new kind of exposure while dispelling stigma about the issue.

"Every now and then, a celebrity will come forward about his or her mental health problem and, honestly, I feel gratitude," wrote Sparks in an introductory post. "I feel proud of that particular person for choosing to face the issue head on rather than try to sweep it under the rug like a dirty secret. Like them or not, celebrities are in the spotlight. Why not learn a thing or two from them?"

The blog lives at http://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity and is accessible as an RSS 2.0 feed supporting rich media within your favorite aggregator. It's the latest in a series of new blogs to be added to Psych Central, the world's leading mental health portal. Recently Dr. Candida Fink MD and Joe Kraynak, co-authors of the popular book "Bipolar Disorder For Dummies(R)," joined the Psych Central community with "Bipolar Beat;" a blog dedicated to providing information, insights and guidance to the bipolar community.

Psych Central was selected in June by TIME Magazine as on of the 50 Best Web sites in 2008 with its original articles, news content, community, research briefs, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, and Dr. John Grohol's popular World of Psychology blog. Today, the site garners more than 850,000 visits monthly.

About Psych Central

Psych Central, located at www.PsychCentral.com, is the Internet's leading independent mental health network featuring original peer-reviewed editorial content, news, research briefs, clinical trials, ratings and reviews of medications and treatments, the popular World of Psychology blog, and more than 140 support groups. Each month more than 850,000 people visit Psych Central to learn about a mental health condition, join a support group, contribute to a blog, or take a free scientific quiz. Founded in 1995, Psych Central is published by John M. Grohol, Psy.D., a pioneer and expert in online mental health. Dr. Grohol's leadership has helped to break down the barriers of stigma often associated with mental health concerns by bringing trusted resources to the Internet. Psych Central was named as a 50 Best Website in 2008 by Time Magazine. Sanity Score, a mental health and wellness test at www.SanityScore.com developed by Psych Central, provides a numerical rating and graphical result of the state of an individual's mental health. The test has been taken by more than 50,000 people and continually generates feedback lauding its accuracy.

Neither Psych Central nor Sanity Score are a substitution for professional diagnosis or treatment. Psych Central and Sanity Score are registered trademarks or common law marks of Liviant LLC. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.


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