Jean, who was admitted to an undisclosed hospital this weekend, will "take it easy" and plans to be back to work within days, his representative today told The Associated Press.
There's no denying that Jean has likely been experiencing remarkable stress levels of late. From traveling to Haiti to campaigning avidly in city streets to announcing plans for a new album, the 37-year-old New Jersey resident is probably pretty damn tired.
But here at Surge Desk, we had to ask: What else might the catch-all diagnosis of "exhaustion" be concealing? After all, the term has been employed by celebrity representatives to conceal everything from drug abuse (hello, Lindsay) to nervous breakdowns (looking at your post-"Glitter" downward spiral, Mariah).
1. Maybe Wyclef is depressed?
A lofty political campaign that ends in defeat -- before the campaign even starts -- could be enough to turn a borderline mental health issue into a more serious one. Not to mention that, as a musical icon, Wyclef's prime Fugees days are long gone.
"Trauma, loss of a loved one, a difficult relationship, or any stressful situation may trigger a depressive episode," reads the National Institute of Mental Health's guide to the condition.
And treatments for depression, including mood stabilizers, can also be accompanied by fatigue.
Not to mention that depression isn't just an ailment unto itself: The condition often manifests itself in -- you got it -- exhaustion.
2. How's his nutrition?
Much like depression, weeks of improper nutrition -- malnourishment in particular -- can lead to exhaustion that's more profound that just a lack of sleep.
Poor nutrition can trigger hormonal responses that lead to adrenal insufficiency: a condition characterized by lagging glands responsible for energy levels and the body's ability to cope with stress.
After spending several weeks in a country where residents are forced to eat dirt just to survive, Jean might not have been getting the requisite three squares a day.
How to bounce back? Surge suggests that Wyclef ask his docs about hydration and a few potential pharmaceutical options. That said, adrenal insufficiency often requires nothing more than patience and rest.
3. Maybe the lies are eating his soul?
Lying, anecdotal evidence tells us, is exhausting. But imagine the psychological toll of keeping a secret not just from friends and family ... but from your legions of devoted fans, too.
In the last year, Wyclef has been criticized for the mismanagement of funds by his own Yele Haiti Foundation, was forced to reveal he was in fact (gasp!) three years older than he'd let on and apparently falsely accused actor Sean Penn of abusing cocaine.
I'm exhausted just thinking about the layers of betrayal. Maybe Jean is too.
4. Or, you know, he might just be fatigued ...
As Penn's PR team so helpfully pointed out, after Jean accused Penn of snorting coke during aid missions, being on the ground in disaster-ravaged Haiti is no easy task.
"Mr. Jean is clearly unfamiliar with the physical demands put upon volunteers in Haiti," Penn's representative told reporters. "As aid workers there, the notion of depleting the body's immune system [through] the use of illicit drugs is ludicrous."
There's also not much in the way of concrete treatment. Experts at the National Institutes of Health recommend adequate sleep, nutrition and exercise. They also advise a reasonable work schedule (i.e. no political campaigns) and dealing directly with problems in a relationship (i.e. call Sean and apologize).
Whether Wyclef follows any of these suggestions remains to be seen. For now, all we know is that he's not about to be enjoying any carnivales anytime soon.
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