In my opinion, teens are already affected by pressures of drugs, sex, and alcohol (growing pains).
Parents should advise their teens that role models such as: Pop stars, atheletes, models, actors, etc are merely "human beings" and are not perfect. With the advent of childhood pop stars becoming actual adults ie: Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan, we're seeing these former human puppets experiencing what teens experience "growing pains." But being in the spotlight at a young age carries a great amount of added pressure then your average teen. So it's normal, in my opinion, that someone like Britney Spears snapped or is having an Identity Crisis.
Therefore, parents and teens should realize that their role model is only human and should learn from their role models mistakes.
Too much attention has been given to Britney for the past five years, mostly, for the "wrong" moves she has made. It was only time that this would happen.
Similarly, with Mariah Carey who suffered a nervous breakdown in 2001. People thought she was a crazed mentally-drained person, when really she was just suffereing from extreme exhaustion.
Remember these artists work very hard (maybe too hard) to please the masses, and they too have a tolerance level that they push to the limits to keep on top of things.
It's not a pity or something to celebrate when media people have breakdowns. It's part of life, we all have our personal problems, it's just not documented in every newspapers and news outlet.
Pop star meltdowns are blown out of proportion in the media and we love to hear the "rich and famous" go down because we think of them as "being so high" or "up there."
When really we are a victim of our own criticism. Sometimes our fascination of pop stars gets out of control as well, hence, why paparazzi follow them and document their every move. They know the public (we) eat it up in the morning papers.
Leave them alone, let them breathe, and let them have their upsets. It's obvious in Hollywood it's so easy to get anything you want, and it's not their fault. Their lives are out of balance and they need to figure it out for themselves.
I think Britney's meltdown was not a suprise. The poor girl is only 25 years old, has two kids, is getting divorced and is hounded every minute. But then again, I don't envy her. She's got all the money in the world, a loving family, and a fan base that will forgive her when she comes back to the public.
But I think in any case, breakdown or not, a strong family unit and supportive people will help pop stars in their share of "pop star growing pains." This should also be stressed to young teens who look up to these pop stars.