Sopranos Star: I Was An Addict, A Klepto, And A Maniac!

Joe Pantoliano--whose affectionate nickname is "Joey Pants"--won an Emmy for his performance as Ralph Cifaretto on The Sopranos, among dozens of other credits he has amassed.

But his life hasn't been all trophies and roses.

Joe has written a memoir, Asylum, in which he details his battle with "brain dis-ease."

Says he: "I became an alcoholic, an addict, a compulsive shopper, a kleptomaniac, and a maniac."

And a bragger, too, lol!

Joe sagely describes his Seven Deadly Symptoms:

"(1) Food (either overeating or starving myself)

(2) Vanity (status symbols, popularity, hanging with the cool kids)

(3) Shopping and shoplifting (either compulsively spending or getting 'the five finger discount' to feel better)

(4) Success (seeking fame and admiration to avoid nihilistic thoughts, to end my soul sickness)

(5) Sex (or masturbation, other ways to distract from dark thoughts)

(6) Alcohol (to remind me to be on, to wind down, and of course, to have more sex)

(7) Prescription drugs (to numb pain, avoid the calories of white wine spritzers, to help me enjoy success, and to make myself too tired to worry about losing what I now had)."

A shocking and enlightening tale of a celebrity dealing with clinical depression.

Read this book. (And don't shoplift it.)

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