Madison Holleran’s Father: “She had lost confidence”

New details about Penn student’s death.

The New York Post spoke with the father of 19-year-old Penn freshman Madison Holleran, who died of an apparent suicide on Friday. “We knew she needed help. She knew she needed help,” he said.” “She had lost confidence in academics and she also lost confidence in her track abilities.”

“At the end of high school and going to Penn she was the happiest girl on the planet. It was easy for her in high school,” said Madison Holleran’s father, James, 52, at the family’s Allendale home. “There was a lot more pressure in the classroom at Penn. She wasn’t normal happy Madison. Now she had worries and stress,” the heartbroken father said through tears. He later said: “My daughter’s stress was self induced, and although we had started her in therapy to address her issues, she hid the severity of those issues from everyone.”

[New York Post]



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  • ReggielovesBarry

    Ivy League schools give out, “academic,” scholarships to athletes in order to hide the fact that they do indeed give out scholarships based solely upon athletic ability. Then again; she may very well have been academically qualified to attend Penn, yet unable to balance scholoarship with the rigors of maintaining a regimen designed to keep one’s physical prowess on par with the best of the best. That said; and whichever the case may be, this is not normal behavior for a healthy, accomplished, and beautiful girl who hails from a loving family.

    A few words to the wise… Unless your kids are engaging in absolutely horrendous acts, you may want to keep them away from therapists and the drugs that they push. Too much stress? Remove the stress-causing factor if you can by simply eliminating it from your life. Remember, anti-depressants are meant to mask reality, and often list among other downsides, “suicidal thoughts,” as side effects.

    Think about it. Even those who have designed such drugs do not fully understand the workings of the human mind, and the average therapist is a person who barely passed his or her Organic Chemistry courses.

  • Steven

    It is very stressful on these kids to compete at the high standards in the classroom and also on the athletic field. They spend 20 hours on sports a week, and yet are expected to keep up in school. A very difficult balancing act for anyone to do.
    Prayers are with the family.