by Lucinda Loveless
It's been widely reported that Demi Moore, recently separated from Ashton Kuchter, currently of "Two and a Half Men" fame, was rushed to the hospital Monday night after suffering an epilectic seizure.
According to TMZ, she's seeking help for substance abuse. Her representatives tell TMZ,
"Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health. She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends."
However, it seems that Demi's closest friends have been concerned about her for some time. Sources say they felt that,
"The vibrant, life-loving woman they had known had been replaced with someone who was stressed out, tired and clearly not taking proper care of herself."
One source recently told People Magazine,
"Really, it was over the last year her friends saw a change. She wasn't sleeping as well, didn't seem to be eating and looked really gaunt."
"Sources" close to both Demi and Ashton Kutcher tell People Magazine that her prescription drug use contributed to the end of their marriage. (What about his alleged affair?)
Demi's gaunt appearance recently has also been a concern. She acknowledged a "love-hate relationship with my body" in an interview in February's Harper's Bazaar:
"I think I sit today in a place of greater acceptance of my body and that includes not just my weight but all of the things that come with your changing body as you age to now experiencing my body as extremely thin – thin in a way that I never imagined somebody would be saying to me, 'You're too thin, and you don't look good.'"
Perhaps there's a lesson in Demi's condition.
While it's pretty well established that "exhaustion" means a stint at a Betty Ford type establishment for alcoholism or substance abuse, even those in the public eye are entitled to privacy when it comes to medical and emotional issues.
So perhaps the bigger issue is just what drives women, public eye or not, to become so stressed, upset, or overwrought to "exhaust" themselves to the point of alcoholism, substance abuse, anorexia -- or even simple exhaustion?
We're expected to be "superwomen." Whether that pressure comes from within, from society, or both, it's a lot bear. Add being in the public eye, sought by paparazzi as you are going through a very public separation and/or divorce and it is no surprise that Demi would be "exhausted."
We wish you well Demi!
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