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EXCLUSIVE: Expert Slams Madonna Adoption Bid As “A Need for Endless Attention”

Apr. 1 2009, Published 7:15 a.m. ET

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Just as Madonna’s rep finally confirms the singer is in the process of adopting again, a renowned expert on personality attention disorders told she is wary of the singer’s attempts and believes it links back to her own childhood trauma.

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“Madonna has a need for endless attention - she just has to be in the spotlight,” said Alice Aspen March who runs a private practice in Santa Monica, Calif., and has treated several celebrities. “It’s really not her fault because her own mother died when she was just a child and her maternal developmental process was interrupted as a result.”    

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March takes a skeptical perspective on why Madonna chose to adopt from Malawi of all places. “She is being criticized on many fronts but by going to Africa she is getting as much international publicity as possible.”                                  

“Since her divorce from husband Guy Richie she wants to give the little boy David Banda, who she adopted from Malawi in 2006 a sibling and this is fueled by the fact that she may not be able to exert her full control of her biological son with her ex-husband but she can totally control the other three kids.”


“In my professional opinion she is suffering from post-traumatic stress because her own mom died when she was so very young,” March explained. “Surrounding herself with children fulfills this primary need.”



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