— Thu, Mar 8, 2007 —

Rosie O'Donnell has recently revealed that, since the Columbine shootings, she has suffered from clinical depression and Seasonal Affect Disorder. And she says that she's taken to hanging upside down for half an hour each day in order to combat symptoms.

When gunmen killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, O'Donnell said she felt as if it had happened to her children.

"I couldn't stop crying," she said on an episode taped for ABC's "The View" and due to air Friday. "I stayed in my room. The lights were off. I couldn't get out of bed, and that's when I started taking medication."

Anyone concerned about the stigma of taking medication for depression should know that "it saved my life," she said.

When she began taking antidepressants, O'Donnell, 44, said she began yoga and "inversion therapy," where she hangs upside down by a swing for 15 to 30 minutes a day. She demonstrates it on "The View."

"Like in 'The Wizard of Oz' the color goes out," she said. "That is what happens in depression. Everything gets gray."

A PR scheme to explain away charges that Rosie is a ranting, raving lunatic, perhaps?

PS The "inversion therapy" for treatment of depression sounds like absolute hooey, but "obtunding of cognition" is a symptom of clinical depression, so I think we should let it slide.


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No. 1
zonk says:

Maybe this is why her and Tommy had a falling out?

March 8, 2007 9:00 AM
No. 2
Miss Tia says:

Is she purposedly trying to look like Donald Trump in this picture? does anyone else notice she looks like Trump with that pose and the mouth wide open?

March 8, 2007 9:13 AM
No. 3
Ruby Jackson says:

I LOVE my inversion table!! I use it for my back, though, not depression. It's great!

March 8, 2007 9:43 AM
No. 4
evil twin says:

I can't quite get to the joke about how this explains why she is batshit crazy (you know the hanging upside down and...nevermind).

March 8, 2007 10:23 AM
No. 5
Marie says:

I can't help it... I'm still Team Rosie. God bless her for speaking her mind, even if she is only right half the time.

March 8, 2007 10:50 AM
No. 6
Kitchy says:

"A PR scheme to explain away charges that Rosie is a ranting, raving lunatic, perhaps?"

Ding ding ding!! She's been getting worse and worse and obviously someone decided to do some damage control.

She and Tommy belong together, they're both jackass batshit nutjobs.

March 8, 2007 11:01 AM
No. 7
Shasta says:

So...are you suggesting that depressed people are lunatics? Did I miss something (foggy today). If so, please retract, that's just ignorant.

March 8, 2007 1:09 PM
No. 8
Kitchy says:

Considering the lunatic remark was preceded by the theory that it's a PR scheme, I don't see how Cord implied that depressed people are lunatics at all. What he said is that the PR scheme made up the depression to explain her crappy behavior.

March 8, 2007 1:16 PM
No. 9
angela says:

I was practicing my wiki-fu today, and it turns out that bat shit isn't really that crazy.
bat shit?

March 8, 2007 1:21 PM
No. 10
Heather says:

Who knows what Rosie will say next?! It will be interesting to see what happens when she's put with Susan Lucci this Saturday on SOAPnet at 6 pm ET/PT!

March 8, 2007 1:23 PM
No. 11
Shasta says:

durrrrrrrrrr, sorry about that!

March 8, 2007 1:37 PM
No. 12
Elaine says:

Hanging upside down for 30 minutes? That sounds absolutely terrible. I'd rather eat glass. I'm not into having all the blood in my body rush towards my head for a solid half hour. I've never heard of that as a way to combat depression. I suppose it would probably increase the oxygen flow to your brain and a good, long stretch could make you feel better. I don't know. I'm still skeptical.

March 8, 2007 1:45 PM
No. 13
This and That says:

Are we REALLY supposed to believe this heffer does YOGA? Give me a break. You do realize that in yoga, you have to at least be able to bend over. I doubt Rosie can muster that much.

March 8, 2007 4:42 PM
No. 14
Mark says:


March 8, 2007 9:48 PM
No. 15
CL says:

It would have made more sense if she had stated that 9/11 was the culprit, because she lives in New York.

March 9, 2007 12:50 AM
No. 16
michael178 says:

Plenty of people suffer from depression. That doesn't make anyone a ranting, raving lunatic.

Plus, I have to say that I like Rosie's commentary most of the time. Just because you don't often see that perspective on television often, doesn't mean it's crazy.

March 9, 2007 1:57 PM

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