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Alexa Ray Joel Talks 'Heartbreak-Related Depression'

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Alexa Ray Joel has recovered from a December 5 trip to the hospital -- and she wants to help other girls who are suffering from "heartbreak-related depression" like she was.

Joel, 24, posted a note on her Facebook page on New Year's Eve, saying that one of her goals for 2010 is to help others who are going through what she went through -- her new "pet cause."

Alexa writes that she'd like "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."

Joel dialed 911 herself early last month after she took a handful of homeopathic pills. She was rushed to the hospital and treated over the weekend. At the time, Alexa was dealing with her recent split from former bandmate Jimmy Riot.

Joel also gave shout outs to parents Billy Joel, Christie Brinkley, and the rest of her support system. "I just wanted to thank you all for the incredible outpouring of love and support," writes Joel. "It's certainly been a whirlwind of a month, but reading all of your encouraging posts has never failed to cheer me up!"