Susan Boyle Hospitalization Underscores Celebrity Stress

Susan Boyle and stress

Becoming a celebrity brings new stresses to one’s life. Susan Boyle has learned this lesson. Her hospitalization just hours after placing second on the “Britain’s Got Talent” TV show underscores this.

Over a very short time, Susan Boyle, 47, has gone from obscurity to instant celebrity. She is now reported to be hospitalized in a private clinic where she was taken under police escort.

Piers Morgan, one of the show’s judge, is reported to have said Monday that Ms. Boyle was emotionally drained and exhausted. “It has been crazy, she has gone from anonymity to being the most downloaded woman in history,” he said. “She was very tired and hasn’t been sleeping. She has just gone away to have some time to herself and to sleep and eat, doing all the things she hasn’t been able to do in the last week.”


Emotional stress can occurs when a person considers a situation difficult or is unable to manage the changes in one’s life. Physical stress refers to a physical reaction of the body to various triggers. Physical stress often leads to emotional stress, and emotional stress often occurs as physical discomfort (e.g., stomach cramps, lack of sleep, loss of appetite, etc).

Having good support systems is a very important. Finding time to relax and enjoy one’s hobbies or interests will also help. These can be difficult for a person newly thrust into celebrity.

Trying to maintain a positive attitude can reduce the perception of stress which may reduce the body’s reactions to the stress. Making an effort (or having a supportive person who makes the effort for you) to maintain a good diet will help keep the body well. This will help reduce the effects of the stress and keep the immune system stronger.

Taking care of the physical self (going for a walk, getting enough rest, etc) will help increase the ability to deal with the emotional stress. Celebrities, especially newly celebrity, need good support people around them.

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