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After several recent bouts with severe depression, Sinead O'Connor has signed off Twitter and signed into a psychiatric hospital. The Irish singer, who reportedly attempted suicide last week before tweeting a "cry for help," says that she is checking into a treatment program for at least two weeks.
"Gonna be off radar for few weeks. But will be back. Worry not. : )," she twittered on Monday. And when a follower asked why, O'Connor replied: "Im going to hospital. Treatment for depression. Not at all well. But they will put me back together quick."
"(I'll) be grand in few weeks. was right decision to call hospital," O'Connor said in an update on Twitter Tuesday. "They fab. Good team. I be me again in 2 weeks they say."
In response to concerned notes from followers, the singer added, "Dont want anyone worrying. Should only worry if a depressed person DOESNT go hospital. all will be well. Just little time. : )"
O'Connor, 45, seems to be having a rough couple of months, mental-health-wise. In September, she tweeted her desire to commit suicide, prompting concerned fans to send police to her home. A few days later, O'Connor apologized for "getting so upset" and assured fans that she'd found a new doctor. In December, she spontaneously married her boyfriend Barry Herridge in Las Vegas on her birthday, and seemed to be happy about it. Unfortunately, the couple split up just two weeks after marrying, and though they briefly reunited, she announced on Jan. 13 that the relationship was over for good.
The broken marriage seems to have shattered her mental stability, as she tweeted last week that she was "really unwell... and in danger." The Sun reported that she attempted suicide twice in January, once by drug overdose.
Sadly, it seems that O'Connor's bad experiences with mental health professionals have discouraged her from getting help. In a long blog post dated Jan. 14, O'Connor revealed that her fame has been an impediment to her getting help, and that a previous doctor wrongly diagnosed her bipolar based solely on what he read about her in the news.
"i went years with no proper help and i could have been helped and WOULD have .. years ago.. if I was not famous.. or specifically. Sinead O F***ing Connor," she wrote. "Because its TERRIBLY lonely. I find it terribly lonely being Sinead O'Connor in Ireland. Thats why Im on twitter.. just like everyone else on there. world full of people.. yet we're all lonely. and loneliness makes people sad and do desperate things."
The singer believes that she actually suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stemming from an abusive childhood. Whatever her diagnosis, we hope that this stay in the hospital gives her some peace -- and maybe a brief reprieve from being the infamous "Sinead O'Connor."