The price of fame: success, mental health and addictions

A new example of the high price some people pay for fame has recently jumped into the media. Demi Lovato, the Disney star for whom thousands of young people sigh, has confessed to her addiction to cocaine and alcohol.

Years and years of trying to convince yourself that you control a dizzying world, without realizing that Russian roulette addictions are where it is very difficult to escape. all a constant effort to show an image of triumph, glamor and success, As reality knocked on his door in the form of suffering, disappointments and mental alterations.

The Disney structure itself improved this, showing the youngsters in a permanent party where family references were almost non-existent. He made denial and cover-up a way of life, in which it is more important to continue to squeeze economic results than the person himself. The artistic image ended up destroying the person who was struggling to get in shape.

    The relationship between addictions and economic success

    Drug addiction and alcoholism they have a strong relationship with mental illness and in this case, it couldn’t be less. Manic episodes, depression, bipolar disorder, and bulimia were some of the illnesses that were later tempted to be masked with a smile and a marketing campaign.

    Demi Lovato’s case may be the most recent, but not the only one. High profile cases like that of Amy Winehouse, with her death at the age of 28 and recently rising to the top, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, put us in front of an endless list of people who knew about the curse of fame. poorly assimilated.

      Is fame dangerous?

      A study by researchers CR Epstein and RJ Epstein, professors at the University of Queensland School of Medicine, titled Death in The New York Times: The Price of Hunger is a Faster Flame, presents us with damning conclusions. Old age is the leading cause of death for civil servants, liberal professionals, academics, teachers and doctors, while it is a minority of singers, actors, actresses and creative professionals.

      The second group, linked to “fame”, had a greater relationship with so-called “recreational” drugsIn addition to the use of psychoactive drugs such as anxiolytics and opiates as coping strategies which prove to be fatal in the long term. Tobacco abuse and binge drinking differed considerably with the first group of “non-celebrities”, detecting a higher number of non-smokers and non-drinkers in this group.

      The researchers indicated that cancer, especially lung tumors, was more common in artists. On the other hand, the study notes that psychological and family pressures associated with success in public life lead to self-destructive tendencies throughout their lives.

      While it is true that in many cases of famous deaths there are examples of overly permissive education, abuse or mistreatment, these people would be more willing to take for granted the severe psychological and physical costs that will affect their lives. if it leads him to fame, understanding it as a necessary “price” to pay.

      The “all available” trap

      It is sometimes difficult for a sometimes developing person to see that overnight all that comes with it are smiles, praise, fans, money, and facilities. A world that stretches out at your feet like a red carpet where everything that comes to your mind is available on time on request.

      A world without limits where sometimes artists are pushed to their limits by record companies, representatives or their own parents, whatever the consequences of creating an unreal world where anything goes.

      Actor James Dean with his phrase “Dream like you’re going to live forever, live like you’re going to die today”, presented us with the ingredients of the recipe for success: fame and money. The dark history of fame insists on proving that some who relish it fail to assimilate its transcendence and end up being devoured by its own shadows.

      Bibliographical references:

      • CR Epstein, RJ Epstein; Death in the New York Times: The Price of Fame is a Faster Flame, QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, Volume 106, Number 6, June 1, 2013, pages 517-521, https://doi.org /10.1093/ qjmed / hct077.

      Ismael Dorado Urbistondo

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