In the article Mindy McCready, a Singer Long Troubled, Dies at 37 by N.R. Kleinfield (2013), which was published on Feb. 18, 2013 in The New York Times, the author provided details about the death of country singer Mindy McCready who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The author also described the singer’s troubled life, which may have led to her demise. In particular, the singer got involved in abusive relationships, which caused her to feel depressed. She also suffered from drug and alcohol addiction and had run into trouble with the law (Kleinfield, 2013).
This current events news article can be related to this week’s topic on stress in that McCready must have undergone a lot of stress from her stardom, her tumultuous relationships, and her brushes with the law. It can be deduced that she probably reached the point when she could no longer handle all the stress, which led her to manifest the various physiological (e.g. seizures); psychological (e.g. depression); and behavioral (e.g. drunk driving) effects of stress.
Most of the stressors in her life consisted of outside-initiated significant effects, such as her negative experiences with her partners and her children being taken away from her, although her inability to cope with her sudden stardom – a self-initiated significant event (i.e. her music career) – may have also contributed to her downward spiral.
Apparently, after years of failing to get her life together and with her perception that everything in her life turned into chaotic nightmares or that she created chaos for herself (Kleinfield, 2013), she reached the point where the only solution she could come up with in dealing with her problems was to kill herself.
Kleinfield, N. R. (2013, February 18). Mindy McCready, a singer long troubled, dies at 37. The
New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/19/