While there are a handful successful former Disney stars who have gone on to an enchanted life, think Kurt Russell, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake, on the flip side, there are Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Fergie and other stars who have gone bad. Going off the deep end isn’t the sole purvue of former female stars, Disney stars Shia LeBeouf, Mitchel Muso, Orlando Brown and Omar Gooding boast DUIs on their list of credits. Zac Efron has been in rehab twice this year for substance abuse issues. While Fergie has bounced back and triumphed over addiction, some former Disney stars don’t triumph over their demons or deep depression. Lee Thompson Young, a former male Disney star, recently committed suicide.
While we are certainly not headshrinkers, it doesn’t take someone with a Psy D or MD to figure out that the essence of their problems is the child star syndrome. The child star syndrome basically manifests that these former stars never had a chance to really be kids or teens or follow the same arc of growing up that regular kids, tweens and teens do. Often, their parents act as their managers. At first, their parents probably want to protect them by managing their careers, but then their parents often end up getting bitten by the greed bug and pushing their offspring to do too much, too fast, too soon. Their parents end up exploiting them in a twisted sense.
In another area, think of the child behavior pattern where negative attention is better than no attention at all. Do you possibly think this might be why Miley Cyrus is acting out to the extreme? In addition to finally being able to act without parental or handler supervision and rebelling against the authority imposed on her for years where she had to keep up a clean Disney whitewashed image? In addition to the fear of fading away and no longer being relevant, no longer being desired?
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