Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley's musician daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, is speaking out following her hospitalization last month.
"Hey Everyone!!! I just wanted to thank you all for the incredible outpouring of love and support. It's certainly been a whirlwind of a month, but reading all of your encouraging posts has never failed to cheer me up!!!" Joel blogged Thursday on her MySpace account.
The 24-year-old singer/songwriter, who spent several hours at a New York hospital on Dec. 5 after reportedly consuming pills, went on to say that she has a number of "exciting new developments for the New Year."
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"This includes new creative projects, and even more volunteer work in hopes to give back to the community and, most importantly, to help young girls with something I feel I know a GREAT deal about: Heartbreak-Related Depression.
"Although it does not get much attention in our society, it is a very serious and painful condition that often gets 'swept under the carpet.' I hope to bring this topic more to light...
"I'm even going back to school for psychology in hopes to learn more about this and many other afflictions that many of us have had to face... after all, there's nothing more fascinating than the human mind and its respective conditions..."
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