“I Feel Like I Know Them”: the Positive Effect of Celebrity Self-disclosure of Mental Illness

  title={“I Feel Like I Know Them”: the Positive Effect of Celebrity Self-disclosure of Mental Illness},
  author={Amanda J. Calhoun and Jessica A. Gold},
  journal={Academic Psychiatry},
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