Billy Joel's singer daughter Alexa Ray Joel is planning to study psychology in 2010 so she can better understand the "Heartbreak-Related Depression" that landed her in hospital at the beginning of December (09).
The young star was admitted to St. Vincent's hospital in New York after experiencing breathing difficulties while taking homeopathic medication Traumeel.
Joel reportedly took the medication in a bid to cope with a bout of severe depression after splitting from her boyfriend.
The singer/songwriter recovered quickly and now she's thanking fans for their support throughout December in a New Year's message, posted on her Twitter.com page on Thursday (31Dec09).
Appearing upbeat and optimistic about 2010, she writes, "I have many exciting new developments for the New Year, and I hope all of you can be a part of it!! 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 (sic) 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 it's respective conditions."