Carrie Fisher Reportedly Fine after Recent Episode
Fisher was diagnosed at age 13 and has been open about her mental illness, working with various groups and speaking out in an interview with Dianne Sawyer in 2000. Through her books, outreach and open communication about mental illness, Fisher is one of Hollywood’s most active celebrities working to dispel the negative stigma that also often accompanies these harsh diagnoses.
Fisher’s most recent hospitalization came after she gave a bizarre performance on a crew ship where she appeared to be drunk and mumbling. Shortly after the performance Fisher was checked into the hospital and reportedly had her medication levels changed.
Her publicist and mother, Debbie Reynolds, who is also no stranger to Hollywood, reports that Fisher is now fine.
Mental Health Stigma
Something that Fisher and many of her Hollywood counterparts are working towards is a world in which mental illness is less ardently stigmatized. In many cases, the social ostracization that accompanies mental illness is equally as damaging to the individual as the illness itself.
In 2010 one in five Americans reported experiencing some form of mental illness to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The same report showed that roughly 5 percent of Americans say that mental health issues have interfered with their family, school or work life.
Women, like Fisher, are actually more likely to suffer from mental illness and other health-related issues than men; women are 23 percent likely while men are only 16.9 percent as likely.
Shattering the Stigma
In the U.S. alone 11.4 million Americans suffer from serious mental illness and in 2010 8.7 million adults considered thoughts of suicide as a result.
The work Fisher has dedicated her life to shedding light on the vilification of mental illness and how to live well with it. We applaus her and wish her the best in her recovery.
By: Jen Wolfe
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