“My mother taught me beauty really lives in places like a smile” stated the late pop-queen Whitney Houston. A strong statement from someone who was so weak and vulnerable on the inside. It comes as no shock that Whitney Houston was a drug addict and yet another victim of the pharmaceuticals companies who are busy running an agenda to sell maximum medication with nil concerns regarding the side effects. Her suspected death is related  to the medication “Xanax” which is primarily sought as an anxiety-reducing drug and the presence of addictive narcotics give momentarily feelings of tranquillity and drowsiness. 

Many people share the thought that it was the demise of her treasured career that sank Whitney into the abyss of depression and hopelessness. The troubling query that fails to vanish from the minds of inquisitive fans revolves around the fact, ‘Why did she not seek any form of professional help?’

Taking medications to alleviate yourself from unpleasant feelings is not a healthy choice. Psychiatrists and counsellors stress over the fact that poverty is the number one reason in Australia that hinders the majority of the masses from accessing the best possible counselling. With the death of Whitney Houston this reasoning seems far from valid.

With great fame comes the responsibility of guarding your reputation. Perhaps this is the key underlying reason for why she and other celebrities have not accessed mental health support. The stigma of mental illness has engulfed the world of glamour as more and more celebrities like Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger and Amy Winehouse add to list of drug over-use deaths.

Head of Birmingham City University, professor Craig Jackson stated that with the increase in high-profile celebrity deaths due to mental disorders, the number of people seeking psychology help has gained momentum  going up by 40%. The professor went on adding “The circumstances surrounding her (Houston’s) death – someone who was once at the top of her game and then died alone in a hotel room – adds to the air of tragedy”. Women have brought this incidence to the limelight by getting counselling help for drug addiction. The awareness spell has positively impacted both genders in understanding the importance of counsellors and psychologists and the role they play in stabilising a disturbed mental state.

The presence of the label “mentally ill” tarnishes the good intentions of counselling. Natural healing remedies and procedures have long been forgotten and replaced with short-term, health deteriorating drugs. These medicines are marketed under the deceiving illusions of pain and stress reliving ‘magic pills’ that are a tailored solution to all your worries. As drugs become the supporting element for the masses of today, the inner void seems to increase. The concept of eternal happiness and contentment seem to evaporate into thin air as the pharmaceutical companies strengthen their foundation.

We need a ray hope that promotes natural healing from within. Psychologists and counsellors are striving to preserve this medium of drug-free curing by highlighting the importance of psychotherapy and counselling support in the light of traumatising deaths like Whitney Houston’s.

What are your thoughts about pharmaceutical drugs and their involvement in the deaths of celebrities in recent years? Add your comments below.

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