Demi Moore is the latest in a long line of celebrities to announce treatment for exhaustion. Tracy Morgan‘s rep claims that the comedian’s recent out-passing at Sundance was partially exhaustion-related. Lady Gaga has claimed a bad romance with the same problem. Mariah Carey, Dave Chapelle—the list goes on and on.
It would all make a lot of sense, except, medically, it doesn’t.
“Exhaustion is a symptom,” confirms Andrew Spanswick, founder of the KLEAN Treatment Center in West Hollywood.
In saying this, Spanswick echoes the conclusions of many kinds of health experts I have spoken with, including Steven Krems, a doctor at the Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center, who told me several years ago that “It’s not a medical diagnosis. It’s a symptom … Exhaustion is how they are feeling, [not] whatever it causing it, whether that is drugs, anemia, pneumonia, whatever.”