All that glitters at the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and American Actress Meghan Markle is not attached to joy, jubilation and happiness. When we are asked about our level of interest in the fairy tale event it ranges from “My whole weekend is planned around it from the time I wake up Saturday morning until the very end. My bathroom breaks and meals are strategically mapped so as not to miss a moment.”
Then there are those in the mid-range who say they are mildly interested but are not planning their every inhalation and exhalation around the reciting of the nuptials. This is followed by those who simply do not care. “Are you kidding me? My marriage failed why should I watch all the hoopla surrounding these two people. Who does this family think they are anyway? I have more important things to do with my life. Screw that.”
When it comes to the blue blood pageantry there is another issue that is not widely discussed; the events’ affect on the mental health of some individuals. Several mental health counselors warn that for some there is a dark side, an obsession with British Royalty and the wedding serves to deepen those anxieties. Mental health professionals warn fans to guard against losing touch with reality.
The New York Post reports that Sue Varma, a psychiatrist at NYU Langone Medical Center, says that fandom can safely intensify into a mild obsession, but when it deepens, it can raise red flags. Varma says “It’s the lack of other activities, the lack of flexibility, the fact that you’re taking away time from something else.” Varma says there is a problem when you’re living in a fantasy world at the expense of creating real relationships.
Our Note: Actually, a note of interest. Meghan Markle’s mom quit her job at a Los Angeles mental health clinic just days before the royal wedding to pursue her dream of opening her own practice focusing on working with elderly patients.
Source: Gary R’nel
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