Did Prince suffer from ‘VIP syndrome?’

(CNN)A deadly ailment killed Michael Jackson and Joan Rivers — and may have figured in the death of the rock star, Prince.

It’s called “VIP syndrome.”


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We still don’t know all the details of Prince’s death — or the medical treatment that preceded it — and are awaiting the autopsy results. But news accounts of the few weeks leading up to the discovery of his body in an elevator at Paisley Park describe a period of medical care and attempted medical care — by both doctors and non-doctors — that raises many troubling questions, including whether VIP syndrome occurred.


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Providers who are not psychiatrists need more and better training in how to treat substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders; and all providers — medical students as well as practicing physicians — need more education about the hazards of VIP syndrome. Celebrities and their handlers need to be aware of the pitfalls of such “special” treatment as well.
Finally, we all need to stigmatize substance abuse less. Doing so would make it easier for countless individuals to receive appropriate care — whether they are famous or not.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/29/opinions/vip-syndrome-prince-klitzman/index.html

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