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In a video posted on her Facebook account, Sinead O’Connor has said she feels “suicidal”.

Sinead O’Connor is seen crying in the 12-minute video, which she said she was uploading in an effort to help people understand mental illness.

“I am now living in a motel in New Jersey. I’m all by myself,” the singer said.

“Mental illness, it’s like drugs, it doesn’t [care] who you are, and equally what’s worse, the stigma doesn’t care who you are.”

“There’s absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist – the sweetest man on earth, who says I’m his hero – and that’s about the only thing keeping me alive at the moment… and that’s kind of pathetic.

“I want everyone to know what it’s like, that’s why I’m making this video.”

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Sinead O’Connor criticized her family for not taking better care of her over the last two years.

“I am one of millions… people who suffer from mental illness are the most vulnerable people on earth, we can’t take care of ourselves, you’ve got to take care of us,” she said.

“My entire life is revolving around not dying, and that’s not living. And I’m not going to die, but still, this is no way for people to be living.”

Sinead O’Connor was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003, but she later said she had been misdiagnosed and actually suffered from depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ​(PTSD).


Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is an anxiety disorder which can develop after a very stressful, frightening or distressing event, or a prolonged traumatic experience.

People naturally feel afraid when in danger, but the legacy of some traumatic events is a change in perception of fear.

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They may feel stressed or frightened in day-to-day life.

PTSD can be caused by any traumatic event – including military conflict, serious road accidents, natural disasters, assaults, and muggings.

Patients typically tend to re-experience the event in flashbacks, avoid talking about it, have trouble sleeping, or experience a change in mood.


Lady Gaga has revealed she has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) since being raped at the age of 19.

The pop star talked about her mental illness during a visit to a homeless shelter for young LGBT people last month.

In a TV interview about the visit, Lady Gaga said: “I suffer from a mental illness – I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before.”

The 30-year-old singer first spoke publicly about the rape two years ago.

Lady Gaga has since admitted she blamed herself and did not tell anyone about it for seven years.

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She made the revelation during an interview with the Today Show, which was broadcast on NBC on December 5.

It is the first time Lady Gaga has talked about having PTSD.

During her visit to the Ali Forney Centre in New York, Lady Gaga told the homeless LGBT teenagers that her trauma helped her understand others.

She said: “The kindness that’s been shown to me, by doctors as well as my family and my friends, it’s really saved my life.”

“Meditation helps me to calm down,” the singer said, adding that she was struggling with her mental illness “every day”.

The pop star brought presents to the teenagers at the center.

Lady Gaga later tweeted: “Today I shared one my deepest secrets w/ the world. Secrets keep you sick w/ shame.”

A tearful young person from the center she visited said: “Lady Gaga’s act of kindness today was a reminder that love still exists – and that there’s still some for me.”

On social media, Lady Gaga’s fans opened up with their own experiences in response.

She is one of the world’s most successful contemporary artists, with a string of hits across her first five albums. Her sixth album, Joanne, was released two months ago.

Lady Gaga has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ community; campaigning for Hillary Clinton during the election and protesting outside Trump Tower when the results were announced.


According to researchers, evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be traced back to 1300BC – much earlier than previously thought.

The team at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK analyzed translations from ancient Iraq or Mesopotamia.

Accounts of soldiers being visited by “ghosts they faced in battle” fitted with a modern diagnosis of PTSD.

The condition was likely to be as old as human civilization, the researchers concluded.

Prof. Jamie Hacker Hughes, a former consultant clinical psychologist for the UK’s Ministry of Defense, said the first description of PTSD was often accredited to the Greek historian Herodotus.PTSD in history

Referring to the warrior Epizelus during the battle of Marathon in 490BC he wrote: “He suddenly lost sight of both eyes, though nothing had touched him.”

Prof. Jamie Hacker Hughes’ report – titled Nothing New Under the Sun – argues there are references in the Assyrian Dynasty in Mesopotamia between 1300BC and 609BC.

In that era men spent a year being toughened up by building roads, bridges and other projects, before spending a year at war and then returning to their families for a year before starting the cycle again.

A diagnosis and understanding of PTSD emerged after the Vietnam War. It was dismissed as shell shock in World War One.

Potential triggers for post-traumatic stress disorder:

  • Military conflicts
  • Natural disasters
  • Serious road accidents
  • Assaults
  • Muggings

Oscar Pistorius has been greatly affected by his disability, a sports doctor has told his murder trial.

Dr. Wayne Derman told the court in Pretoria that Oscar Pistorius suffered “significant stress and anxiety”.

Oscar Pistorius, 27, says he shot Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder in their house last year.

The prosecution argues that the Paralympic champion killed his girlfriend deliberately after a row.

At issue is Oscar Pistorius’ state of mind at the time of the shooting.

Oscar Pistorius has a lifetime vulnerability as a result of his disability

Oscar Pistorius has a lifetime vulnerability as a result of his disability

On Monday, the court heard he was not suffering from a mental disorder when he shot Reeva Steenkamp.

According to a psychiatrists’ report, Oscar Pistorius is capable of distinguishing between right and wrong and so should bear criminal responsibility for his actions.

The court also heard a psychologist’s assessment on Wednesday which found that Oscar Pistorius had PTSD since the shooting and could be a suicide risk.

It found he was mourning Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate.

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer, Barry Roux, has argued that his client would react more sharply to fear than an able-bodied person would because of the anxiety caused by his disability.

Wayne Derman, a professor of sports and exercise medicine at the University of Cape Town, was the final witness called by the defense.

Dr. Wayne Derman said Oscar Pistorius had had a “lifetime of real and learnt vulnerability” as a result of his disability. Disability, he said, had a “knock-on” effect through one’s entire life.

“Disability never sleeps.”

Oscar Pistorius, the professor added, also had a “profound fear of crime”.

The athlete, Wayne Derman said, had developed an “exaggerated fight response” and this was responsible for the “horrific tragedy” of Reeva Steenkamp’s death.

Oscar Pistorius says he fired multiple shots into a toilet cubicle where Reeva Steenkamp was, while in a state of panic.

The athlete and Reeva Steenkamp, 29, had been dating for about three months before the shooting.

Oscar Pistorius has often displayed his emotions during the trial, including breaking down in tears in court.

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According to a psychologist’s report submitted at Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, the athlete has post-traumatic stress disorder and could be a suicide risk.

The report, read by Oscar Pistorius’ defense lawyer, said he was mourning his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

On Monday, the court heard that Oscar Pistorius, 27, was not suffering from a mental disorder when he shot Reeva Steenkamp.

The Paralympic champion denies murder, saying he killed Reeva Steenkamp by mistake when fearing there was an intruder in the house.

Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental disorder when he shot Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental disorder when he shot Reeva Steenkamp (photo EMPICS)

The prosecution says the Olympic athlete deliberately killed Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law graduate, after the couple had an argument.

Both prosecution and defense have accepted the findings of the psychologist’s report.

Two reports – one by a psychologist and another by three psychiatrists – were drawn up after a month of tests to evaluate the athlete’s state of mind.

The prosecution on Monday noted that the psychiatrists’ report said Oscar Pistorius, 27, was capable of distinguishing between right and wrong and so should bear criminal responsibility for his actions.

Defense lawyer Barry Roux on Wednesday quoted the second evaluation as saying that Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee, has a history of feeling insecure and vulnerable, especially without his prosthetic legs.

It said he was likely to react more sharply to fear than an able-bodied person would.

“Should he not receive proper clinical care, his condition is likely to worsen and increase the risks for suicide,” Barry Roux quoted the report as saying.

It also said he did not show signs of narcissism or explosive rage, which is usually seen in men who are abusive to their partners.

The court has previously heard that Reeva Steenkamp had sent the athlete a message saying: “I’m scared of you sometimes.”

Final defense witness Wayne Derman, professor of sports and exercise medicine at the University of Cape Town, said Oscar Pistorius was an anxious individual, with hand tremors and chronic problems with the stumps of his legs.

Earlier, Oscar Pistorius’ manager was cross-examined, with prosecutor Gerrie Nel concentrating on the sprinter’s reported rows with roommate Arnu Fourie and his love life.

On Tuesday, Peet van Zyl said Oscar Pistorius had become a “global icon” at the 2012 London Olympics and could have increased his income five or six times.

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Chris Brown has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe insomnia, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the singer’s rehab facility confirmed during a court appearance in Los Angeles.

According to TMZ, the facility said in a letter: “Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically due to his untreated mental health disorder, severe sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD.”

The letter continued: “Mr. Brown’s attitude has been beyond exemplary in regard to his community service responsibilities.”

Chris Brown has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe insomnia, and PTSD

Chris Brown has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, severe insomnia, and PTSD

The document also stated that Chris Brown, 24, has tested negative for drugs during his stay, and has been put on medication for his conditions.

Chris Brown voluntarily checked himself into rehab on October 29 after allegedly assaulting another man, Christopher Hollosy, in Washington D.C.

Chris Brown has completed 95 days of anger management therapy and was ordered Friday to stay in rehab for two more months.

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