Sinéad O'Connor has been one of my favorite performers for more than 20 years, but her obviously dysfunctional personal life has often overshadowed her music and professional life. Most recently, O'Connnor was hospitalized for depression, where she finally received a diagnosis that she has post-traumatic stress disorder. This comes years after previous diagnoses of depression or being bipolar.
“There’s no drug treatment for PTSD. Sufferers get bashed because we’re ‘crazy’, but crazy is a term of abuse. We need to be compassionate,” she recently told People magazine, as recounted in a short article -- Sinead O’Connor hates to be called ‘crazy’ -- printed in dozens of news sources around the world this weekend.
O'Connor was abused as a child, her mother died in an automobile accident, and she's experienced numerous other traumas over the years. Hopefully this diagnosis will be a step toward recovery for her.