Sinéad O'Connor Checks Into Hospital for Depression

After crying out for psychiatric help recently, the "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer, 45, reveals via Twitter she has entered an undisclosed medical center for two weeks

By Josh Grossberg Jan 18, 2012 4:57 PMTags
Sinead O'ConnorCharles Eshelman/FilmMagic

After crying out for psychiatric help last week, Sinéad O'Connor is now doing something to get herself out of the doldrums.

The Irish hitmaker revealed on Twitter yesterday that she's checking into a hospital for two weeks to be treated for depression.

"Gonna be off radar for few weeks. But will be back. Worry not. : )," O'Connor first tweeted on Monday concerning her current condition.

On Tuesday, the 45-year-old singer subsequently confirmed where she was headed—to a medical center where she can get the care she's needed ever since the very public end of her short-lived marriage to teen drug counselor Barry Herridge. It also comes on the heels of her plea for help on Twitter in which she told fans she was very unwell, in "serious danger" and needed to get back on meds. 

"Im going to hospital. Treatment for depression. Not at all well. But they will put me back together quick," she said in a reply to one follower. "@twintiermedia so will be back.. and smiling. Prolly 2 weeks ish.."

O'Connor added that it was the "right decision."

"They [have a] fab good team," she wrote. "I be me again in 2 weeks they say."

Allaying fans' fears, she concluded, "Don't want anyone worrying. Should only worry if a depressed person DOESN"T go hospital. All will be well. Just little time. : )"

The tweets follow a long, rambling confessional the "Nothing Compares 2 U" crooner posted over the weekend on her website in reply to one reporter's inquiry into "mental health perceptions in Ireland and my self."

In the confession, O'Connor called her native country a "very messed up place" when it comes to treating depression routinely with drugs as opposed to analyzing a person's emotional state.

"Many people really are just crying out for a lot of love. Drugs don't fix that," the Grammy winner opined, adding that she's been routinely misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder when in reality she suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder "as a result of my upbringing."

O'Connor also admitted to having "had a baby for someone else's husband," which messed her up even more.

"The father didn't want to know about the child and I was suicidally depressed 5 months after having me beautiful boy," she said.

O'Connor noted that she "always found it an enormous obstacle being "Sinead O'Connor" when seeking medical help. Often misdiagnosed, or just derided or lectured like a child..  not heard."

We're glad Sinéad's finally getting the attention she needs.