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YouTube star and mental health podcaster Stevie Ryan commits suicide
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Life can be unpredictable and though someone may appear to be doing fine, living the life he/she always wanted, be a celebrity, in a moment he or she may be gone. No one can ever figure out what depths and abysses exist in the life of others or what challenges they overcome to live the way they do.

On Saturday night, July 1, 2017, actress, comedian and YouTube star, Stevie Ryan, was found dead at her home in Los Angeles. According to Ed Winter, Los Angeles county coroner’s spokesperson, post the autopsy, Ryan’s death was ruled as suicide by hanging. At the time of death, Ryan was 33 years old.

Although the Saturday Night comedian was quite open about her depression treatments involving talk-therapy sessions and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), the star finally lost her long, hard battle with depression on that fateful day.

Living with depression and seeking treatment

In addition to her own VH1 comedy series, “Stevie TV,” Ryan hosted a podcast “Mentally Ch(ill),” about mental illness and other issues and co-hosted E! talk show “Sex with Brody.” Some of her famous creations include the characters Sceney Sceneable and Little Loca. Her impressions of artists like Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse and Justin Bieber, had won her much accolades and fame across the world of entertainment.

The podcast “Mentally Ch(ill),” started three months ago by Ryan along with fellow comedian Kristen Carney, featured frank and humorous talks about her life with depression and seeking treatment. In one of her podcasts in May 2017, Ryan spoke about embarking upon a month-long set of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatments sessions every day.

A noninvasive procedure and a brain simulation therapy, TMS is typically used to treat certain medical disorders, including depression, that do not respond to other treatments. TMS may be useful in stimulating regions of the brain rendered inactive, or displaying reduced activity, as a result of the mental disorder being treated.

Grandfather’s death aggravates Ryan’s depression

Two days prior to her death, Ryan spoke about the tragic death of her grandfather and how it affected her on her podcast. In the episode in which Ryan is talking about her loss with co-host Kristen Carney, she says, “I’m just worried that this is going to send me into a deeper depression.”

A day before her death, the star posted a message on social media expressing her grief. Clearly shaken by his death, the star had tweeted, “The man of my dreams will now only be in my dreams. I’ll miss you everyday, forever. I love you my Pa.”

Tragic loss to the community

The much popular comedian and actress had built a huge fan base on social media by acting in and editing her own videos which were viewed by millions across the globe. Her fans, fellow YouTubers, and other Internet celebrities have mourned her loss and paid tribute to the much beloved YouTube star.

These include comedian Chris Crocker, NBC Superstore writer Vanessa Ramos, and Internet personalities Perez Hilton and Michael Buckley.

There is hope, depression can be treated

A leading behavioral health care provider, Sovereign Health, offers all its women patients a chance at lasting recovery and the opportunity to rebuild their lives in the best possible way. At its women’s recovery center Phoenix, Sovereign ensures that each of the patients undergo a thorough assessment that helps uncover any underlying causes of illness. Based on the analysis, an individualized treatment plan is made basis the patient’s requirement.

With the aim of complete recovery and to avoid any relapse, each of our patients undergoes effective evidence-based treatment designed specifically to their needs by a team of trained and compassionate staff at our state-of-the-art facilities. At Sovereign’s women’s only rehab Arizona, treatment for mental health disorders involve medication along with psychotherapies and alternative therapies including yoga, meditation, art, music and equine therapy.

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