How Many More need to DIE? ~~ You Don’t Know “JACK” About Mental & Emotional Illness!

ANOTHER SAD HEADLINE…..SO How many more is it going to take to DIE because of many Un-Diagnosed Emotional or Mental illness?…….Why do others JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND, or WANT TO?…….Is Ignorance REALLY BLISS? Sorry, but I’m NOT sorry to be so forward about that FACTS of mental illness, addictions, recovery, and many emotional Disorders.

Gia Allemand Dead of Apparent Suicide….Why does it always have to be when someone dies or commits SUICIDE to SHOCK people into Compassion, Empathy, or Understanding? WHEN IT’S TOO LATE?

Gia Allemand Dead of Apparent Suicide
Gia Allemand
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Gia Allemand, The Bachelor contestant who competed for Jake Pavelka’s heart on season 14, died of an apparent suicide. She was 29.She was found Monday night in her New Orleans home by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson of the Pelicans, her family says in a statement.
Anderson called 911 and Allemand was transported to the hospital, where she was in critical condition on life support.”Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn” on Wednesday, the family statement says. “Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully with her mother, boyfriend, and other lifelong friends by her side. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites.” 
“Loved ones and fans will remember Gia Allemand as a caring woman who loved her family and was well-known for her compassion towards animals and mission to rescue homeless pets.”…….
***UPDATED 8/21/2013/***

Report: Gia Allemand’s suicide prompted by argument

Alleged fight with boyfriend, suicide note and more details emerge about tragic death……

Former “Bachelor” star Gia Allemand hanged herself after allegedly fighting with her boyfriend Ryan Anderson. The reality TV regular was rushed to a hospital on Aug. 12 and ultimately died two days later after an apparent suicide attempt. Now, more details of her tragic death have been revealed, as editors at have obtained police documents which state that Allemand wrapped a vacuum cleaner cord wrap around her neck multiple times and then tied it to the end of her staircase. The documents also reveal that Allemand left a suicide note bequeathing all her property to her mom.

The gossip site reports that Allemand may have been set off earlier in the day, when she accused her NBA pro boyfriend of cheating on her. He allegedly told her that he didn’t love her anymore. The next time he saw her, Anderson found his girlfriend with the cord wrapped around her neck. She had been deprived of oxygen for more than half an hour. A funeral for Allemand is set for Thursday in her hometown of Queens, New York..

***SO sad Gia’s death was only over an argument??? ***


Lisa Robin Kelly in 2000‘*That ’70s Show’ star Lisa Robin Kelly dead at 43*

Lisa Robin Kelly, the actress who played Laurie Forman on the FOX sitcom “That ’70s Show” and had experienced  legal and substance-abuse troubles in recent years, died Wednesday, her agent said, on Thursday. She was 43.

Kelly died while attending a rehab facility while attempting to battle her  demons, the agent said.

“Unfortunately Lisa Robin Kelly passed away last evening. Lisa had  voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she  was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,”  the agent said. “I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and  confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last  night, she lost the battle.”

A cause of death has not yet been released.

Since exiting the series in 2003 — she was replaced by Christina Moore for  the show’s sixth season — Kelly had grabbed more headlines for her legal  troubles than her acting career. The actress was arrested in November 2012 for  allegedly assaulting her husband in North Carolina, which followed a charge of  corporal injury on a spouse in March of that year. (Those charges were  dropped.)

While Kelly denied the March assault, she did admit to struggling with  alcohol abuse, telling “Good Morning America” interviewer Abbie Boudreau that  she developed a drinking problem after suffering a miscarriage.

“I had lost a baby, and as a result of that, I lost everything, and I was  abusing alcohol, which I no longer do,” the actress, who claimed to be sober for  three months at the time of the interview, said. “With ‘That ’70s Show,’ I was  guilty of the drinking problem and I ran. And I am not running from this. And I  have paid my dues. And if I can make it through this, I can make it through  anything.” ……………


**”I have been that close myself to Suicide and Death TWICE…..and for some Higher Power at BE…(My GOD) pulled me back and whispered in my ear, “Catherine it is not your time, you have too much unfinished business here on earth”,….I’m to work Through you to help you Speak out about MANY things.” And you know what?……He was right!” “My first order of business was to write my story of addiction, childhood trauma, abuse, and, Daily Challenges with my Mental illness.

I try to help *SHATTER the STIGMA* around people in Recovery from Addictions, and to STAND UP for others who suffer from Mental/Emotional illness! I say this ALL the time that EVERYONE in their Life has a Story to tell. Here on my blog, I continue my Journey, and write Frequently  of what it is like to Struggle with Mental Illness! My gambling addiction is what brought out my Severe Symptoms of Bi-polar.”

“Then in Recovery, I found, and was left with Anxiety, Panic, and Agoraphobia Disorders. Not to mention the 7 meds I take daily to try to function like a Normal Person what ever that maybe??? YES….I’m a work in progress, and  YES,……I’ve worked hard in my almost 7yrs in Recovery. But what I don’t understand is how others can be Cruel at times to people with mental disabilities. That is why I speak out! This needs to stop!! People need to be a little more educated on what WE go through on a DAILY Basis. So here are a few descriptions of some Mental illness & Disorders definitions”……….


” Panic disorder with agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder in which a person has attacks of intense fear and anxiety. There is also a fear of being in places where it is hard to escape, or where help might not be available.A.D.A.M.

Agoraphobia usually involves fear of crowds, bridges, or of being outside alone.

This article discusses panic disorder with agoraphobia. For information on panic disorder itself, see also: Panic disorder

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The exact causes of panic disorder and agoraphobia are unknown. Because panic attacks often occur in areas or situations where they have happened in the past, panic may be a learned behavior. Agoraphobia sometimes occurs when a person has had a panic attack and begins to fear situations that might lead to another panic attack.

Anyone can develop a panic disorder, but it usually starts around age 25. Panic disorder is more common in women than men.


Panic attacks involve short periods of intense anxiety symptoms, which peak within 10 minutes. Panic attack symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Choking
  • Dizziness or faintness
  • Fear of being out of control
  • Fear of dying
  • Fear of “going crazy”
  • Hot flashes or chills
  • Nausea or other stomach distress
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Racing heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Trembling

With agoraphobia, you avoid places or situations because you do not feel safe in public places. The fear is worse when the place is crowded.

Symptoms of agoraphobia include:

  • Being afraid of spending time alone
  • Being afraid of places where escape might be hard
  • Being afraid of losing control in a public place
  • Depending on others
  • Feeling detached or separated from others
  • Feeling helpless
  • Feeling that the body is not real
  • Feeling that the environment is not real
  • Having an unusual temper or agitation
  • Staying in the house for long periods of time


*Bi-Polar 2 Disorder*:

What Is Bipolar II Disorder?

Bipolar II disorder (pronounced “bipolar two”) is a form of mental illness. Bipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time.

However, in bipolar II disorder, the “up” moods never reach full-on mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania.

A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in life. Most people with bipolar II disorder also suffer from episodes of depression. This is where the term “manic depression” comes from.

In between episodes of hypomania and depression, many people with bipolar II disorder live normal lives.
Nearly everyone with bipolar II disorder develops it before age 50. People with an immediate family member who have bipolar are at higher risk.

What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar II Disorder?

During a hypomanic episode, elevated mood can manifest itself as either euphoria (feeling “high”) or as irritability.

Symptoms during hypomanic episodes include:

  • Flying suddenly from one idea to the next
  • Rapid, “pressured,” and loud speech
  • Increased energy, with hyperactivity and a decreased need for sleep

People experiencing hypomanic episodes are often quite pleasant to be around. They can often seem like the “life of the party” — making jokes, taking an intense interest in other people and activities, and infecting others with their positive mood.

What’s so bad about that, you might ask? Hypomania can also lead to erratic and unhealthy behavior. People in hypomanic episodes might spend money they don’t have, seek out sex with people they normally wouldn’t, and engage in other *impulsive or risky behaviors. (My past Gambling Addiction was risky behavior)*

Also, the vast majority of people with bipolar II disorder experience significant depressive episodes. These can occur soon after hypomania subsides, or much later. Some people cycle back and forth between hypomania and depression, while others have long periods of normal mood in between episodes.

Untreated, an episode of hypomania can last anywhere from a few days to several months. Most commonly, symptoms continue for a few weeks to a few months.

Depressive episodes in bipolar II disorder are similar to “regular” clinical depression, with depressed mood, loss of pleasure, low energy and activity, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and thoughts of suicide. Depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder can last weeks, months, or years……..


So I hope this helps clear up a little of the *STIGMA* about Mental & Emotional illness. To allow others to have some understanding of the Challenges we face each day. NO,……It’s not about a “Pity-Party” nor a “Poor Me I’m a Victim”….NOT AT ALL, it’s about having compassion and understanding. To not judge people by their Illness. It’s about letting others have some Insight as to what it’s like.

AS, my Recovery has taught me, I have NO CONTROL over PEOPLE, PLACES, OR THINGS, but NO WHERE DOES IT SAY  that I can not SPEAK OUT about my suffering either, and SPEAK for others who suffer from these Disorders as well.

Your are not alone in this fight**The National Suicide Hotline~~1-800-273-8255**

*Spread the word! You are not alone in this fight when it comes to mental illness*


It’s Time to take action for individuals and families living with mental illness. Mental Illness affects 1 in 4 or nearly 60 million Americans every year. It’s Time to provide support, educate our peers and play our part.

NAMI is the official partner of Lifetime on “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” to help shed light on mental illness and encourage understanding and conversation.
It's Time to Connect, To Speak Out, To Make a Difference

*So I hope many will learn something by my Blog Post Today, and to Share with others of my *HOPE* of Educating others of MY Mental Health Disorders & Recovery from addiction.
May God Bless You All! *YOU CAN HELP SUPPORT ME IN MY FIGHT and Help me continue to Write, Blog, and Speak of Recovery, Addiction, and Mental/Emotional illness by DONATING TO MY FUNDRAISER TODAY AT:
*Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon*

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I am a Mental Health Blogger!!

21 thoughts on “How Many More need to DIE? ~~ You Don’t Know “JACK” About Mental & Emotional Illness!

  1. Exactly correct. Still huge stigma. No one really helps. Meds do but some make it much worse. Or your meds do not work good anymore. A therapist with no clue telling you to do this and that when you cannot take certain things when it is bad! Movies, news all making us psycho killers. Tell me about it.

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    • Thanks for the link up Emma, and for sharing your experiences with “Agoraphobia with Panic”…..Makes me feel not so alone! Hugs & Blessings, *Cat*


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    • I have to s ay, I understand about how your husband would fore warn guests, my family was like that. I’m blessed to have a Wonderful Husband, understanding, and loves me regardless. I’m very Blessed. Catherine 🙂


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  8. This is a really urgent and pleading post and I feel it, feel it absolutely. My mother suicided on the weekend of my 6th birthday and I almost killed my son and my self just so I could protect him from sexual abuse. Bizarre thinking, right? But that’s what a socially isolated, unsupported, manically depressed person does. That’s the truth.

    I really appreciate this post. It was a big read (for me!) but it was very valuable. Great post.


    • Thanks for coming by! Yes….It’s such a waste of life. We also just lost my husbands sister this past Nov 2012 to Intentional Suicide prescription overdose…..And MYSELF getting that low and Hopeless. It’s why it hit hard. WE CAN NOT CHANGE others understandings if we don’t SPEAK OUT 🙂 🙂
      Gog Bless, Catherine


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