It must have been a slow news day. The anchors for ABC's World News Tonight (it comes on during the overnight hours) reported that the Associated Press had written Britney Spears' obituary. It must have been an even slower news day for the Associated Press reporters if they had nothing better to do than write an obituary for the former pop princess and mother of two. Yes, she's been acting off-kilter lately, but she is an otherwise healthy, twenty-six-year-old woman. Why waste the ink?Has Britney gone off the deep end? I wouldn't go so far as to say that. Does she have emotional and addiction issues? Clearly. Is she bi-polar? I don't know. I would agree that all the signs point to her having some type of mental illness and the onset of such an illness usually occurs when a person is in their 20s and since this has been going on for awhile now...it's a theory that actually makes sense. And if she does have bi-polar or another form of mental illness, that's not a bad thing and certainly doesn't make her "crazy." It means she has an illness that needs to be treated much like the way diabetes would be. When I was in Target the other night, most of the newsstand magazines had headlines about Britney's "crazy gene." I know they're rag magazines and they need catchy headlines, but somebody needs to bring them into the 21st century and let them know mental illness does not necessarily translate to "crazy." But if you couple that with her post-partum depression, which she was never really treated for - I don't put much stock in that "Promises" place - and you have a recipe for disaster.

I might be in the minority, but I actually feel badly for her. She has clearly lost her way. She is in heavy denial and needs to see a good shrink. A real one-not Dr. Phil. (In Tuesday's Philadelphia Inquirer, it was reported that Barbara Walters had said that a Spears friend told her she was seeing a shrink. I sincerely hope so, but you know you can never believe anything you read in the press... J) And while some may argue that she brings the media attention on herself, I would concur that that is probably only half accurate. It seems to me that she can't even step outside without having an army of photographers swarming around her like bees to honey. A young woman at 26 years old and newly single shouldn't have to stay hidden away in her home. She has as much right as anybody else to come and go as she pleases. Yes, she chooses to live there and the media attention comes with the territory, but you have to agree that the photographers have clearly overstepped the boundaries - even for them.

But, having said that, she does need to act more responsibly-particularly where her children are concerned. Should her sons have been taken away from her? Like I already said, she clearly has emotional issues and is in denial that she needs help. And, from what we see and hear on the news, she's not making the best decisions right now. So maybe the boys being out of her custody right now is not such a bad thing. But I also think we're only seeing part of the story - the negative part.

At age 26, Britney still has time to turn things around and be a mother to her sons. With the right treatment and possibly medication, she could get a handle on her illness if she does indeed have bi-polar. There are several other Hollywood stars who have come forward with their diagnosis of bi-polar and they're still living good and productive lives. (Lorraine Bracco of The Sopranos fame comes to mind.) Britney also needs a support system-a real support system of people who really care about her.

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