Some young celebrities sometimes display abhorrent behavior. From Amy Weingard to Lindsay Lohan each news story of drug and alcohol abuse, DUI’s and the like becomes bigger than the last. Believe me I have done my share of bashing these spoiled, pampered stars who seem to have a sense of entitlement that is out of this world. I have even questioned the conduct of pop queen Britney Spears. Over the past few years she has made dubious personal and professional decisions. At first I was writing it off as more distasteful actions on the part of a poor little rich girl, but now I believe it’s deeper than that.
I have worked with both children and adults with mental illnesses over the last 10 years and although I am not a psychiatrist or even psychologist, she seems to have symptoms of serious mental illness, quite possibly schizophrenia. Her age and the onset of her problems seem to be consistent with other young people who have been diagnosed with the illness.
People diagnosed with schizophrenia usually experience a combination of positive (i.e. hallucinations, delusions, racing thoughts), co (i.e. apathy, lack of emotion, poor or nonexistent social functioning), and cognitive (disorganized thoughts, difficulty concentrating and/or following instructions, difficulty completing tasks, memory problems). The apathy with respect to how she parents her children and the poor decisions with regard to her career and personal life choices seems to point out that Ms. Spears is in dire need of a psychiatric intervention, rather than the public scorn she is currently receiving.
It is too bad that those around her are more consumed with their fiscal well-being than her health. Somebody (mother, father, etc.) should have come to her rescue long ago before things went really bad. There were hints that she was in trouble when she married her childhood friend in Las Vegas back in 2004. That wedding was annulled but not long afterwards she married for the second time and everything has been downhill, with the marriage drama, losing custody of her children, and the hospitalizations.
It seems now that her father has decided to step up and take custody of his daughter and become responsible for making decisions for her. I really don’t know how prudent this choice is seeing that he has not stepped up to the plate before this. We’ll see what happens.