After reportedly taking a dangerous mix of prescription drugs and alcohol, Heather Locklear was rushed to the hospital by ambulance yesterday afternoon, leaving many to question her mental state. And while that’s a valid concern, let’s not rip her apart for something that any of us could be vulnerable to.
Apparently Locklear’s sister called 911 worried about Heather’s state of mind and afraid she was going to harm herself. When the fire department, along with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department responded, paramedics examined Heather and agreed that the 50-year-old star needed to be hospitalized.
This is not the first time Locklear has reportedly had a medical emergency due to drugs. In 2008, her doctor thought the actress may have overdosed on prescription meds and called 911. The operator described the situation as a “suicide attempt”, although it turned out to be a false alarm.
Speculations (a.k.a. gossip) are swirling that Locklear’s recently called-off engagement to Jack Wagner may have contributed to a weakened mental state, causing her to overdose on booze and pills. No one’s clear if this was a suicide attempt or just a lapse in judgment due to depression or other emotions, but one thing is clear: Locklear is just like the rest of us. Not that we’re all likely to overdose, but we are all vulnerable to different emotional states, be it depression, anxiety, stress or an inability to cope with a difficult situation from time to time.
I think sometimes we put celebrities up on a pedestal and expect them to be perfect. Then when they fall, it’s such major news. But if you consider the fact that one in 20 Americans is depressed today, for example, it’s really not all that shocking when someone in the public eye struggles with a mental health condition.
Like I said, they are human too. The good news is that Locklear’s parents say she is now “medically stable” and is going to be just fine. Let’s just hope the same holds true for her “mental stability” and that she can get the treatment she needs to feel well again.